Having a Drink with Me First and the Gimme Gimme's



Known for their quirky punk covers of classic bubblegum pop classics, San Francisco’s Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are iconic to the Bay Area.

Since forming in 1995, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ ever changing lineup of members includes Pat Mike from NOFX on bass, Joey Cape on lead guitar, guitarist Chris Shiftlett (originally of Foo Fighters), with Dave Raun on drums, all led by frontman Spike Slawson (who also owns Fat Wreck Chords, Me First’s record label). ABV talked to a couple of the band members to get the alternative scoop on what brews, breweries and taprooms are their favorites in the Bay area.

We started by sitting down with Scott Shiflett, also in the band Face to Face and Chris Shiftlett’s brother, to ask where and what we’ll find him drinking.

Favorite drink: Coffee
Favorite drink … at the bar?: Beer… IPA’s in particular.
Favorite local craft beverage, and why? It’s not in the Bay area, but Big Choice Brewery in Colorado (it’s local to someone, just not me) makes my favorite craft beer, The Disconnected IPA.
If your favorite beverage was a song, what would it be and why. Refer to answer number two.. The song is called “Disconnected” too, and is by my other band Face To Face.
Favorite place (other than a bar) to drink?: Backstage 

We asked the band’s lead guitarist Joey Cape what drink would pair with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes songs.

Do you remember your first beer? In a far-off distant place called the 1970s.
Favorite Me First song and drink to go with it? I would pair “I Believe I Can Fly” with a B-52 cocktail (a triple layered shot cocktail, named after the epic band itself, made from Baileys, Grand Marnier and Coffee Liqueur.) 

Finally, we asked the band to give us a round up of their top three craft beers, and their favorite local watering holes...

Three favorite local craft beers: Speakeasy Prohibition Ale, Fort Point IPA, and Fieldwork Atomic Garden.
Favorite local watering holes?: You’ll find us drinking at Toronado, Bourbon & Branch, Old Devil Moon, or The Tonga Room. By Emily Ludolf

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes just released their retrospective, Rake It In: The Greatest Hits. Find out more at www.fatwreck.com.