Slim Pickens Cider and Mead

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  • Slim Pickens Cider & Mead is the brainchild of Todd Strauss, whom locals likely know from Tampa’s Cigar City Cider & Mead and Yeoman’s Road Pub. He became involved in the industry via Yeoman’s back when longtime pal and Cigar City Brewing CEO Joey Redner owned the place; the pub carried around 115 brews (a rarity at the time) and kickstarted Strauss’s beer-ducation.


    About 25 years ago, right around high school, he got the name for his latest venture, not from the actor best remembered for his role in Dr. Strangelove, but through a poem penned by Redner.


    “Slim are the pickins,” the prose read.


    In this context, the poem was talking about blades of grass, but Strauss thought of humans — how we’re the same, but also different in a sense.


    While “slim pickings” is generally defined as not a whole lot to choose from, Slim Pickens cider and mead reflects Strauss’s interpretation of people. Each creation — ciders for now, meads down the road — could be modeled after anyone, strangers you meet in the grocery store line included.

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