This ale gets it?s name from one of the fathers of the American Revolution. Paine?s pro-independence pamphlet, Common Sense, sold over 100,000 copies amongst the two million free inhabitants of the British colonies within months of its release in January of 1776. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for independence from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood; forgoing the philosophy and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, Paine structured Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people. He once said, in reference to the government?s unjust taxation of its citizens, "The tax upon beer brewed for sale does not affect the aristocracy... It falls only on those who ... must purchase it in small quantities." Thomas Paine was a bold man of the people. Thomas Paine Porter is a full bodied, Robust Porter, that has a hint of sweetness in the palette offset by dark-malt roast qualities and a subtle hop bitterness provided by Perle, Northern Brewer, and Amarillo hops. True to the spirit of Thomas Paine, this beer is balanced, with no one quality overshadowing the other. Fine British malt and American hops meld together in this classic Porter.