‘Twisted Tea runs deep in Philly’: We drink more Twisted Tea Light than anywhere else in the nation
Now this is twisted — even for you, Philly.
According to a heat map recently released by Twisted Tea — the drink for people who think there’s not enough alcohol in tea, or not enough tea in alcohol — Philadelphia is the epicenter of consumption for Twisted Tea Light.
Philadelphia doesn’t just grow brighter than anywhere else on the country in this heat map, it burns like a dying red giant star ready to go supernova. One that will regret its choices in the morning.
We can only imagine there’s a similar heat map for hangovers.
The folks over at Twisted Tea and its parent company, the Boston Beer Company, did not return requests for hard data on their hard tea heat map.
Idk what's in the water over there but you guys are insane🙌— Twisted Tea (@TwistedTea) January 23, 2020
But according to the map, Los Angeles is the only place that comes even close to being as hot as Philly over Twisted Tea Light, known to its devotees as Twea (tea + twisted) Light.
Shane Casper, 27, a South Philly native who lives in Blackwood, is a self-proclaimed Twea Light aficionado.
“It’s refreshing, and is light enough to drink all day without ending up a puddle,” he said. “And most importantly, it’s easy to chug.”
Casper, a union longshoreman, said he drinks two to three cases of Twisted Tea Light a week, but that’s because he only drinks one or two days a week. He said Twisted Tea Light is superior to the original Twisted Tea, without question.
A former bouncer at Keenan’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood, N.J. — where Twisted Tea is extremely popular — Casper said he wasn’t surprised the Philly area was the epicenter for Twisted Tea Light consumption.
“Twisted Tea runs deep in Philly, mainly Tea Light,” he said. “I’m not surprised we love it, I’m surprised other places don’t."
Always representing. This is why Philly is on top! Never found without a tea light pic.twitter.com/wMSBuqJHWu— Thicc Daddy 🃏 (@ShaneCasper) January 24, 2020
Casper said he’s made friends with strangers at bars he’s challenged to “Tea offs," which are chug races to see who can finish a bottle of Twisted Tea first. “Tea bombs,” which are half of a Twisted Tea poured into a cup and chugged like a shot, are also a popular way to bond in the Greater Philadelphia area, according to Casper.
While his reputation as a Twisted Tea Light drinker has gotten him some good ribbing over the years, Capser said he’s proud of his beverage of choice.
“And if being a giant guy with a beard holding a Twisted Tea Light in my hand makes me a target, guess it comes with the tea life,” he said.
Many local residents who are also living the tea life chimed in on Twitter about the brand’s heat map of Philly.
Some thought particular sections of the city were solely responsible for consuming such large amounts of Twisted Tea Light.
NE philly would trash all or South Philly in a tea off.— Cutback Jonsey (@DannyDoesTats) January 23, 2020
I live in the capital of twisted teas Northeast Philadelphia. I also drink twisted Tees down like Gatorade what’s up with the sponsorship?! #teeoffs— Joseph Hearon (@JosephJHearon) January 24, 2020
Gotta keep those numbers up all year long! pic.twitter.com/RPabGX1jrF— Michael Cassidy (@MCassidy4) January 25, 2020
@mc1102 To the surprise of no one, the epicenter of the red stretches from Delco to the Northeast.— Bob (@bsull210) January 23, 2020
Others felt they alone were responsible for getting Philly’s Twisted Tea Light numbers up.
I’m the reason Lehigh valley is in yellow— Josh Jaindl (@JoshJaindl) January 24, 2020
I think that red spot in philly is me solely— Matt Ochman (@MattOchman32) January 23, 2020
The light over New Jersey, that’s me.— Melissa (@melissarouurke) January 23, 2020
@TwistedTea here is a more accurate pic. pic.twitter.com/7XkxXwAKQa— soundsgoodbro (@sounds_good_bro) January 23, 2020
Then, there were those who attributed Twisted Tea Light’s success in the Philadelphia region to some long-standing traditions where alcohol often plays a supporting role.
I think mummers parade, consumes more teas in 1 day than the rest of the country does the whole year combined!!!— matthew devlin (@pennmu266) January 26, 2020
Go Birds!— Frankie "The Enforcer" Stechino (@JohnUtley26) January 24, 2020
Some even had the gall to question Philadelphia’s loyalty to Twisted Tea.
Pretty sure any alcoholic beverage would have the same map of Philly 😆— Lauren Tursi (@gratefuldeadhed) January 24, 2020
But for Casper, Twisted Tea — chugged, not stirred — is undoubtedly "the superior way to enjoy,” life, alcohol, and the universe as we know it.
“It’s almost impossible to find a bar in this area that doesn’t have someone holding a Twisted Tea or a bartender lining up Tea Bombs for a group of people,” he said.