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Ruttger's unveils exclusive craft beer

The new craft beer Devil's Washboard ceremonial keg tapping is planned May 25 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge. Submitted photo1 / 3
Nick Huisinga, owner of Cuyuna Brewing Company, worked with Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge by Deerwood to create an exclusive brand of craft beer. Submitted photo2 / 3
The new craft beer's name is related to Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge heritage. Submitted image. Click on the image to view the entire graphic.3 / 3

DEERWOOD—Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge will unveil its exclusive brand of craft beer at the Devil's Washboard ceremonial keg tapping at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the resort.

The beer is named Devil's Washboard Bavarian Märzen and was brewed exclusively for Ruttger's by Cuyuna Brewing Company. It is an amber-colored beer made with special Bavarian hops, giving it a distinct German flavor. This flavor palette is in honor of the Ruttger family's heritage.

"We're proud to be able to have our own brand of craft beer, especially one that so perfectly represents who we are as a family and a resort," Ruttger's President Chris Ruttger said in a news release. "We are very thankful to be able to partner with Nick and Laura Huisinga at Cuyuna Brewing. They are true beer artists."

The Ceremonial Keg Tapping Party will include a blessing of the keg, beer samples, live music, food and giveaways. After that, Devil's Washboard will be available all summer long exclusively at the Bear Pine Bar & Grill, and Zig's Restaurant & Bar.

"The beer is more of a lager, making it very drinkable, crisp and refreshing," said Nick Huisinga, owner of Cuyuna Brewing Company. "I think people are going to really like it."

The name Devil's Washboard pays homage to the resort's history. Devil's Washboard is a small area near Placid Lake a few miles from Ruttger's where the timbers were harvested that were used to build the lodge.

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