In a nutshell: A hearty pale ale from Harvey's Brewery of Lewes East Sussex.
The lowdown: Named after one time Lewes Excise Officer Tom Paine, author of 'The Rights of Man' and one of those who influenced the American colonists who declared independence from Great Britain in the eighteenth century. Strong and well balanced, it's dry hopped with a robust bitterness and a full, malty palate to match.
Style - Bitter, Pale Ale & IPA ABV 5.5% - Moderate Strength
First established in Lewes, East Sussex over two hundred years ago and still a privately owned business Harvey's are one of the few remaining thriving regional brewers that have not been swallowed up by the big drinks conglomerates.
In the traditional manner they own 49 pubs in London and the South East and their beers are rarely seen beyond that area. Their riverside brewery in Lewes, the centre of production since the 1800s, is a town landmark and is the image of what most people would imagine as a traditional brewery.
Whilst steeped in history they've also kept fully abreast of modern tastes and demands and their range of beers fully reflects this.