Trout City Brewing For Sale!


Some people dream of frequenting their very own Cheers. Others dream of owning it.


For those who dream of owning their very own Cheers, your time has come. Trout City Brewing in Preston, Minnesota, is for sale and is located smack dab in the middle of trout fishing country.


The town of Preston is home to 1,300 people and bills itself as “Minnesota’s Trout Capital,” sporting an eye-catching 20-foot-long trout statue along Highway 16. The river is rated in the Top 100 Trout Streams in the U.S. and supports populations of Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The brewery’s founders name their brewpub Trout City as a nod to the great trout fishing locally.


And when you walk into the brewery, you might forget you’re in small-town Minnesota, one of its owners said. Indeed, you might feel you’ve relocated to a bustling metropolis.


The building was formerly a bank but was extensively renovated into the brewpub a few years back. “Everybody knows everybody,” said an owner. “It’s a great, welcoming community.”


“It’s a place to come and unwind,” one regular said. “It’s Preston’s own little Cheers.”


Andy and Anita Bisek fell in love with the ancient building, constructed in 1889, and wanted to make sure it was saved, according to an article printed in the Fillmore County Journal.


“We saw the sign in the window, we called the realtor and asked if we could take a look at it,” Anita said. “We walked in and we both went, ‘Oh my gosh, this building is amazing,’” she explained. “We fell in love with the building,” she went on.


The couple purchased the building in the spring of 2018, with Andy saying their goal was to “breathe new life into it,” according to the Journal article published at the time.


“Once we purchased the building for renovation, then we started asking ourselves, ‘Now what is going to happen to it?’ and that’s when we came up with the idea of a brewpub,” Andy said.


“We thought this would make a really nice brewpub, it’s just so pretty,” Anita commented.


They made extensive renovations, but maintained the history of the building, Anita said.


The 130-year-old building, which was most recently used as an antique shop before the brewery came to be, was originally built as a bank. One of the restrooms was located in the former bank’s old 1880s safe, according to the Fillmore County Journal report.


Included in the property are beautiful transom stained glass windows, which emit a warm and inviting light that shines down on customers while they admire the fireplace, high ceilings and original woodwork. The ceiling in the beer hall came from Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester, as did some of the wood seen throughout Trout City Brewing. You’ll definitely enjoy the architecture here.


Anita said their goal with renovating the space was to make people “feel at home.”


It worked! Now regulars call it their very own Cheers, where everyone knows your name.


In 2021 Craig and Vickie Hildestad moved from Florida to purchase Trout City Brewery from Andy and Anita Bisek. The time had come that new owners would bring fresh ideas and food to the established business. Upon purchasing the business and building the Bisek’s stayed to help with training for a short period of time. The new owners were ready to take the Trout city brewery concept and continually add onto the momentum. In the last two years Craig and Vickie have not only expanded the business’s offerings but they have decided to reside in Preston and make it home. The upstairs apartments makes living very comfortable and convenient for the couple. Vickie is trained in culinary arts and has added some great items and equipment to the building.


After two years the owners Craig and Vickie are looking to continue offering the improved building and business to anyone that would like to expand the establishment for years to come. 


The Hildestad’s have enjoyed the opportunity that Andy and Anita Bisek have provided to them and want to find someone that will continue the momentum of a well respected brand in the community. 


If you’re interested in being the new owner of Trout City Brewing, contact Gunnar Grimsrud, licensed real estate advisor at Realty Growth Inc., at 507-289-1799 or