Strange Brew – Best Little Coffee Shop In Town

Looking For Some Good Coffee?

Strange Brew - Jim Thorpe, PAJim Thorpe is known for it’s small town charms but nestled in this quiet little town is a small coffee shop named Strange Brew and you wouldn’t expect such a place in a town like this. Strange Brew is a total sleeper when it comes to ambiance. The locals love it and have posted great reviews on Trip Advisor.

Strange Brew is an eclectic, music inspired coffee shop that has the coolest vibe, with many pictures of music legends on the walls. Several have commented on the folks hanging out with dreads and assortment of locals of all ages.

The Strange Brew has a full array of coffees, as well as well as lattes, espresso, and blended juice drinks.  In fact, they have an incredible herbal tea made with some of the herbs you will find right down the street at the “One Stop Herb Shop.”

They even serve coffee with candy a very interesting mixture that is a good seller. Many comment on the walls with the pictures of musicians painted on them, which is a stroll down memory lane.

Some of the amazing musical art at Strange BrewThe décor is very relaxing and being able to sit on a couch while enjoying coffee is much like being at home but with the excitement of sitting around with others enjoying a wonderful cup of joe.

The Locals

When the locals all hang out in a particular place it must be good and a great way to experience the local flavor of our quaint little town. Places like Jim Thorpe are sleepers when it comes to learning about the people who made our Country what it is today.

These towns all housed people who, with their hands, worked jobs that enabled others to live lives in a freedom that has never been duplicated. Seeing how they lived and played is quite an education.

When in Jim Thorpe check it out and see for yourself. You will enjoy your visit to this little town as well as a relaxing drive through the Pennsylvania Countryside.

Smokehouse On Wheels

Walnutport smokehouse-on-wheels offers lip-smackin’, finger-lickin’, chin-dribblin’, rib-stickin’ Kansas City style barbecue

Jake's BarBQueEven if you don’t notice the smokehouse-on-wheels parked alongside the Fast Fill Mobil Station in Walnutport, you’re bound to smell the hickory smoke wafting as you drive past it on Rt. 145.I did. So I pulled off the road and parked in front of Crazy Jakes’ BBQ Pit and said “hello” to owner, Jake Trumbore of Slatedale.

Jake Trumbore and his son, Jake, been here since April 5. “This is something I always wanted to do,” said Jake. “I bought this rig just to do parties and picnics and decided to go full time with it.”

The “rig” is a smokehouse restaurant on wheels. It has a holding oven, and an enclosed food preparation area with refrigeration, hot and cold wells and sink. The large drum smoker is mounted outside. It has an external firebox with dampers for the air-in and the smoke-out.

“I’ve been barbequing as a hobby for twenty-something years,” Jake continued. “Barbecuing always intrigued me. I’m from Kansas City originally. So I learned Kansas City style barbecue.”

While Texas is known for its smoked brisket with a spicy sauce, and North Carolina is known for its pulled pork topped with a vinegar and mustard-based sauce, Kansas City – the home of over 90 barbecue restaurants – is known to smoke just about anything and tops it with a sweet spicy tomato based sauce.

Jake makes his own sauce that he takes up a notch with cayenne pepper. “I like it spicy,” he noted.

Ask to take a look inside his smoker and depending on the time of day you’re likely to see beef brisket, pork butts, pork spare ribs, chickens, or wings slowly rotating in a thick fog of mellow hickory, apple or cherry wood smoke.

Smoking requires slow cooking at a low temperature. Jake adjusts his smoker to hold a steady 250 degrees. This will cook a 2 –15 lbs. brisket or 8-10 lbs. pork butt in 12 hours. Ribs take three to four hours and chickens take an hour.

At 7 a.m., Jake starts his fire using a bag of charcoal to get a bed of coals going. Then, it’s wood the rest of the day. Smoking brisket and pork is such a long process that the meat that you see smoking is actually for tomorrow. The brisket and pork that Jake’s serving today was smoked yesterday and then allowed to braise overnight in its juices. Then it is placed in the 170 degree holding box where the continued slow moist cooking tenderizes the meat to the point that it falls apart.

That’s the meat that Jake piles on a sandwich. On the sandwich, he offers onions, pickles and barbeque sauce. “That’s a Jake tradition,” he said. “That’s the way I always ate them. I give a big sandwich and it fills you up.” It is a lot of food. I ordered a brisket sandwich to go and it lasted for two meals.

“So why barbecue?” I asked.

“It’s flavorful,” explained Jake. “The wood makes it so good. It’s a different taste. It’s all about flavor.”

Jake has his own spice rub, “Also a Jake tradition is the spice in my own rub. Before I cook the meat, I put a dry rub on it. My own rub.” and the sauce “I make my own barbeque sauce, Crazy Jake’s barbeque sauce.”

Barbecuing uses a lot of aromatic hardwood and initially Jake had to search for a source to supply him. “Some tree cutters started eating here and I started talking to them,” Jake said. “They asked me where I got my wood. Now, when they cut a hickory or an apple tree, they split it up for me and I buy it off them.”

Although Crazy Jakes’ is currently parked in Walnutport, on any given day, he might be called to cater a party. He’s done several and is getting ready to set up for one at Cabelas.

Crazy Jakes’ plans to be open from April until November, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to “around 8 p.m. unless I sell out first, which I do often.” To check if he is open, call 610-217-8959.

20 Years of Remembrances

Rosemarys Remembrances Bed & Breakfast Country InnIn 2005, one of Jim Thorpe’s most unique and celebrated establishments, Rosemary Remembrances, celebrated 20 years of service to the area.  At that time, local author, Al Zagofsky, wrote an incredible piece on the history of the store and all it’s meant to the city.

Unfortunately, due to server issues, the article was lost and we regret that we are no longer able to recover it.  If Al is able to contact us, we will happily republish the article here and give him full credit.  Until then, we will dedicate this page to telling you more about this great store.

Art and Collectibles

Rosemary’s Remembrances has some of the most unique commissioned art, collectibles, homewares and heirlooms you will find. They have collected quite an assortment of items from the past and the present – from chic to unique. If you want to find a very unique and distinctive piece for your home, this place is the best.

 

Our “One Stop Herb-Shop”

Rosemary’s Remembrances is also host to the area’s oldest retail/wholesale herbal store The Rosemary House.

Whether you’re looking for some unique teas, live plant seeds, or just want to pick up some of their namesake herb, The Rosemary House will be sure to deliver exactly what you’re looking for.

There are books, essential oils, virtually everything you need for improving your quality of life.

Being a family run business, you are sure to get loads of personal attention as well.

Quaint Bed And Breakfast Living

If you are so inclined, Rosemary Remembrances also offers a fully furnished, private studio apartment that is available to rent (or lease) by the day, week, weekend or month. It could be the start of a perfect getaway weekend to a beautiful part of the Pocono Mountains.