This year’s July 4th celebrations allowed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to use their recently built new mosque, Masjid Mubarak (House of Blessings). It was the first time the community was able to use the building for this purpose which allowed for an assortment of activities to be held. The barbecue was open to the general public, among which a number of political delegates were in attendance, as well as residents from in and around the neighborhood. An endless supply of food and cold drinks catered to the attendees of that sweltering 4th of July Thursday, people got to enjoy delicious hamburgers and hotdogs, washing them down with ice cold soda drinks.
In honor of America’s 237th birthday, President Obama and his family welcomed more than 1,200 and military families to the White House South Lawn on Thursday. The Obamas are celebrating the Fourth of July with a barbecue, fireworks and musical performances from multiple Marine bands and the indie-pop group fun.
At Mad About Chocolate, his Williamsburg cafe and sweet shop, Marcel Desaulniers often grills vegetables to use in the savory cheesecakes he serves at lunch.
But 20 years ago, the former Trellis Restaurant chef and co-owner was focused on outdoor grilling on a large-scale when he assembled “The Burger Meisters,” a fundraiser cookbook for the Culinary Institute of America. Subtitled “America’s best chefs give their recipes for America’s best burgers, plus the fixin’s,” the cookbook brought together more than 130 recipes for burgers and sides created by 46 CIA graduates.
Since it opened in Manhattan in the summer of 2007, Hill Country Barbecue Market has had draft lines. But they remained dry. Only one beer would do, and it wasn’t available.
Until now. On Friday, the restaurant began serving Shiner beer.
“Part of the vision of Hill Country was Texas barbecue,” said Marc Glosserman, the owner, whose parents hail from Texas. “I really wanted to bring from Texas certain iconic brands, things you couldn’t get in New York.” Among them: Kreuz sausage, a specialty from a famed barbecue place in Lockhart; Big Red, a strawberry cream soda born in Waco; and Blue Bell ice cream. He found a way to get them all, but he couldn’t get the one thing he wanted most: Shiner beer.
“It’s symbolic of Texas,” he explained. “If you’re from New York, it’s, like, big deal. If you’re from Texas, it’s ‘rejoice!’”
Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Tex., the oldest independent brewery in Texas, has made Shiner since 1909, but it didn’t have a New York distributor. Mr. Glosserman’s pleading letters to Shiner (accompanied by a smoked brisket) went unanswered.
Still, the vigil went on. It had to. Hill Country customers shamed the restaurant staff daily for not having Shiner. There were up to 30 requests a day for the cherished beer, Mr. Glosserman said. “Half of our guests are either from Texas, have lived in Texas, or know people in Texas,” he said.
Finally, just over a week ago, Hill Country’s patience was rewarded. Shiner finally acquired New York distribution, and the restaurant is the first in the city to carry it on tap. The four raft lines will run Shiner Bock, the brewery’s flagship brand, a pilsner, an I.P.A. and a seasonal beer. Other Shiner brands will be carried in bottles.
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