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Boneshire Brew Works Brings Craft Beer to Harrisburg

By Pamela Sosnowski

Brewing beer is something that Alan Miller just can't stay away from. When his last brewery, Millbock Brewing Company in Lower Paxton Township, closed in 2014, he decided to open up a new venture in a shopping center in Harrisburg. Launched in 2016, Boneshire Brew Works offers a selection of craft beers, small bites, and a homey taproom for patrons to play board games, socialize, and sample the latest brews on the menu.

"We love good beer and are pretty good at making it," Miller said. "We wanted to create a brewery that provides a place for the community to gather and enjoy good beer. We have been open since September of 2016."

There are approximately 16 beers on tap at any given time at Boneshire. These include Derry St. Wheat, brewed with passion fruit and ideal for those sweltering summer days; Tried and True, a white beer with hints of citrus and coriander; and English Curse, a traditional dark porter.

And just like food, beer's flavors are seasonal as Miller explains.

"It can vary but many times it's based on suggestions from our customers, as well as what season it is," he said. "In the fall and witer months we like to lean towards darker heavery beers such as stouts, barley wines, and Scottish ales. The summer months we will focus on lighter lower alcohol brews such as Belgian blonds and hefeweizens."

In addition to beer, Boneshire sells accompaniments such as hot peppers, pickles, chips, cookies, and hot bologna. During weekends and special events Miller partners with a local restaurant to provide more substantial fare. He's teamed up with Nomad BBQ which makes pulled pork sandwiches, cornbread, and Mexican corn on the cob, cooking its specialties over a wood fire.

Upcoming events include a one-year anniversary celebration, live music, movie nights, and Monday Night Football. Boneshire also participates in many local events such as downtown Hershey's Choctoberfest, which will celebrate beer and chocolate alongside many family-oriented activities.

Wine and craft soda is available for non-beer drinkers, and patrons are welcome to bring in their own food to enjoy while grabbing a pint or sampling the latest beers.

"Our taproom is has a laid-back atmosphere; we have board games and TVs for movies and sports," Miller said. "We have acoustic music nights as well as movie and trivia nights and board game contests. We have a yearly mug club that helps bring people together where we do events and do special beer releases for mug club members."

Boneshire is open seven days a week. You can view the latest beers available and upcoming events at

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