In 2013, brothers Ryan and Jason Wing turned an old car wash into a brewery, creatng a secret watering hole for local craft beer “explorers,” much like the little-known North Idaho tributary that Slate Creek Brewing Co. is named after. Two and a half years later, it seems the cat’s out of the bag. Their popular brews, which all have names that keep with the brewery’s earthy-rustic vibe, will begin statewide distribution in the next few months. Crowd favorites include the Norse Nectar Juniper Ale and the Mountain Hop Imperial IPA. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff is friendly — it’s no wonder that readers voted it North Idaho’s Best Brewery in the 2015 Inlander Readers Poll.