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Sipping suds and admiring massive tanks are not the only things to do on a brewery visit. These local beer-dispensaries also feature artwork that’s well worth your attention—with or without double vision.
DC Brau 3178 Bladensburg Road NE Artist: James Walker Materials: Acrylic paint, spray paint, oil sticks Time: 15 hours Brewery co-founder Brandon Skall likes how this portrait of Walker’s seemingly ferocious border collies—which actually portrays them playing—reminds him that things aren’t always what they seem.
3 Stars Brewing Company 6400 Chillum Place NW Artist: Kevin Thomas Irvin, a.k.a. Jazi Rock Materials: Spray paint Time: 5 hours 3 Stars had Baltimore-based graffiti artist Jazi Rock paint this celebratory piece during an arts event last year after being crowned Washington City Paper’s staff pick for Best Local Brewery.
Franklins Restaurant, Brewery & General Store 5123 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville Artist: Liz LaManche Materials: Acrylic paint, wood, programmed kinetic LED lights Time: 364 hours A Google search for “color-changing murals” led owner Mike Franklin to Massachusetts artist Liz LaManche for this bright, playful characterization of Hyattsville and Maryland mainstays. Spot the Terrapin?
Right Proper Brewing Company 624 T St. NW Artist: Patrick Owens Materials: Chalk markers Time: 100 hours Owens’ inspiration for this piece depicting battling robotic animals came from Right Proper’s quirky array of beers and a mural of a Godzilla-ridden D.C. that adorned the front of the old Monster Island Studios spot on 14th Street NW.