Know Your Brewer: Alan Miller at Boneshire Brew Works

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Harrisburg’s newest brewery is set to officially open their doors and start slinging beers after an eight-month journey that included building a brewery with their own hands from almost nothing at all.

While Boneshire Brew Work’s story is still young, their brewmaster Alan Miller’s brewing history is one that has been rooted in the local area for years now. 

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Miller started homebrewing as a hobby for about seven years before finally trying the professional game with fellow homebrewer Albert De Bock. The two formed Millbock Brewing Company, and although they did not have a taproom, locals constantly sought after their beers like Golden Toos and Richard Cranium.

After four years, Miller and De Bock decided to part ways and the wheels started to turn for Miller to get back into the brewing game.

“When we decided to walk away from Millbock I knew that I wanted to continue brewing,” said Miller. “There was never a question. I had to think right away, okay, where do we go from here?”

READ: Boneshire Brew Works opens its doors

From that moment, Miller started to formulate a plan to open his own space. Miller said that he wanted the brewery and its name to reflect things that were important to him. 

“The name is a combination of my son’s nickname ‘Hambone,’ and we have a Yorkshire Terrier,” said Miller. “I took parts from both and that’s how we go to Boneshire.”

Even the logo is a representation from Miller’s family, who used to farm the white and black Hampshire pig that dawns the brewery’s wall and store front.

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Another part of the plan was to have people close to him buy-in to the brewery to become part owners. Miller was able to find 10 partners to invest a portion of minority ownership, and he remains the majority owner.

Those owners have help Miller do everything from tastings to outfitting the space to house their brewery. While starting the brewery, Miller also recognized how much more brewers have to do keep the lights on.

“Brewers aren’t just brewers,” said Miller. “You really have to know how to do so much more than how to operate the brewing equipment, and know all the ins and outs of the business.”

To add to that, Miller said that his experiences with Millbock showed him how to work the other side of the brewing business.

“Something that I didn’t have before was knowing how to sell the beer,” said Miller. “With Millbock I learned how to talk to people about the beer in order to sell it.”

All of Miller’s experiences in homebrewing and professional brewing have led him to this point. Boneshire hosts its grand opening TODAY from 5-10 p.m.

Boneshire hours: Wed-Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10-11 p.m.; Sunday 11-6 p.m.

James Werner
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