2015 Redux: Afternoon Beer

Posted January 31, 2015 by Stephanie
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afternoon beer - www.iamafoodblog.com

I can hardly believe it, but I am a Food Blog is come up on three years old! Waaaaay back in 2012, my very first post was Afternoon Beer, a little Valentine’s Day treat I thought up for Mike. This year, to celebrate my blog birthday and Valentine’s day, I thought I’d do a Afternoon Beer redux.

But just what is Afternoon Beer you ask? Well, as obsessed as I am with fancy tea rooms and tiers of tiny food, Mike isn’t such a fan. I love whiling away the hours with fancy tea sandwiches, scones and clotted cream and mini desserts, but apparently it’s not really a boy thing. In defence of tea time and tiny foods everywhere, I created Afternoon Beer, man-approved minature snacks that go great with beer.

Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing all the recipes, but for now, here’s a sneak peek of my 2015 Afternoon Beer Redux. I skipped out on the classic tiers because I thought a wooden board would be more manly, but I still kind of went along with what’s served at afternoon tea.

For savouries we have: Mini Lasanga Cups with Ricotta and Spicy Ragu, Mini Beef and IPA Cheddar Crust Pies, and Black Pepper Gougère BLTS. Instead of the classic scones with clotted cream and jam, I made Mini Green Onion Cream Cheese Biscuits and Spicy Sausage Gravy. And of course I did a tiny sweets course with Baby Cinnamon Buns with Whiskey Cream Cheese Frosting and an IPA Beeramisu.

Mini food and ice cold beer for the win! A happy (early, in this case) Valentine’s Day indeed.

PS – Check out the difference between my very first post and this one! Isn’t it crazy!?
PPS – The gorgeous board in the photos can be found here!

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afternoon beer - www.iamafoodblog.com


  1. Jessica says:

    awesome! Can’t wait for this.

  2. cynthia says:

    This is the best idea EVER!!!! I need to take a leaf out of your book for girlfriending — B2 perks up at the mention of anything beer, and treats to go along with it is such a cute cute idea! I LOVE it. And AAHHHHH GREEN ONION BISCUITS! I just made some the other day and I’m obsessedddd. I can’t wait to see more about yours!! From this sneak peek they look sosososo cute <3!! And Beeramisu (!!) and mini lasagna cups.. Can't wait for all of this!

  3. Anna says:

    That’s one really nice post, me like!

  4. okay, afternoon beer is officially the most amazing idea i’ve ever heard of.

  5. Alex says:

    Mini lasagna cups – sounds brilliant! Can’t wait for the recipe.

  6. Excited to see what the next couple of posts bring! Happy blog birthday!!

  7. Alana says:

    Oh my goodness. I love everything about this. Can’t wait to for all these goodies, especially the baby cinnamon buns with whiskey cream cheese frosting!! And yay for three years of i am a food blog!!

  8. Nicole says:

    Woah Steph what an amazing idea!! I love tea time too. Growing up my uncle used to throw my cousin and me fabulous tea parties. But Phil, although a lover of tea, could never throw himself into tea time. Like Mike- he would think it’s too fussy for him but afternoon beer is a great spin. I can’t wait to see more! xo Nicole


    also, how far you’ve come from your first i am a food blog post! it’s really cool to see how much you’ve grown. i still remember momofuku for 2 too!

  10. oh my gosh this is too cute Stephanie – how thoughtful of you!

  11. omg! how can you do so many dishes at once! And everything’s in a pair, hahaa so cute. Was this “manly afternoon beer” really just a party of two?

    1. steph says:

      hahaha it definitely took a while to make – i spaced it out over two days. and we ate ALL the things. just took us a couple of days hahahaha

  12. Jennie says:

    What a fantastic idea! I know my man (and brother, uncle, best male friend etc….) would go absolutely crazy for this. Much as I love a traditional afternoon tea, I would quite happily settle down to an afternoon beer too. Looking forward to the recipes to follow!

    Jennie x


  13. Rachel says:

    What a great idea! My boyfriend’s b’day is coming up, and this would be perfect for it. He’s kind of a craft beer nerd, but I think he’d have fun choosing the beer pairings for snacks like this.

  14. Chrissy says:

    I love fancy tea, but you’re right- it’s such a girlie indulgence. I LOVE the idea of afternoon beer to get guys on board. Hmmm. Genius.

  15. I absolutely love this idea! I love tea, too, but afternoon beer sounds a little more fun!

  16. Maria says:

    Hello, just wanted to say that I adore your blog and your way of writing. And the photos. Oh, the photod, they are marvelous. It’s really encouraging to know that even a fantastc blogger like you had to start with something :) keep up doing your best, fantastic lady!

  17. it’s just as bit as lovely as this post ;)


  18. Michelle L. says:

    Gorgeous set up! And happy 3rd anniversary – the blog has definitely come a long way since! :)

  19. Meaghan says:

    This is amazing! Can’t wait to see all the recipes. I think this might be what I do for Valentines day with the hubs.

  20. I started silently following your blog after you left Momofuku for 2 and started i am food blog and vividly remember how I was very intrigued at the idea of high tea beer.

    Love the photography and you definitely inspired me for my very own blog. Keep up the great stuff and I look forward to more recipes.

  21. Afternoon Beer — this sounds like something I must talk all of my town’s bars into doing. I mean, who wouldn’t want this?

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