Mookie to St. Louis?

All of you  St. Louis Cardinals fans better watch out, Mookie might be heading our way!

Although the idea might be a pipe dream, the potential is there and is something you can all get behind! The Cardinals are on the potential list and this blockbuster trade could be coming our way! (Believe it or not!)

Is a trade to St. Louis in the cards for Mookie Betts? | News Headlines

In a recent piece for The Athletic, Jim Bowden did what many baseball fans and media do this time of year. He speculated about a blockbuster trade.

As the Red Sox look to potentially restructure their club and trim payroll this offseason under new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, outfielder Mookie Betts is rumored to be on the trade block. In his article, Bowden took a stab at naming three potential landing spots.

Along with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals were on the list.

On paper, the Cardinals would be a tremendous fit for the 27-year-old former American League MVP. Even with a rebound effort from Dexter Fowler, St. Louis still ranked in the bottom half of the league in production from its center fielders and right fielders this past season.

As a whole, the Cardinals offense ranked 21st in OPS and 19th in runs scored across MLB. The addition of Paul Goldschmidt helped St. Louis reach the postseason again, but it didn’t land its lineup among the more productive ones in the league. It’d be easy to argue that Mookie Betts would change that.

Betts followed up his 2018 MVP campaign with a .295/.391/.524 batting line in 2019, leading the major leagues in runs scored (135) for the second straight season. Defensively, he spent the majority of the year in right field, where he compiled an excellent plus-15 Defensive Runs Saved Above Average. One of the most talented position players in the sport, Betts would make an immediate impact wherever he lands.

Given his contract status, that’s pretty much what he’d need to do if he’s going to be worth the price the Red Sox are sure to ask in exchange for his services.

Betts is due to hit free agency following the 2020 season, which is the main reason the Red Sox would consider trading him in the first place (though they should probably just pay the man and build their future around him, instead). In his final year of salary arbitration, Betts could earn in the neighborhood of $28 million for the upcoming season. If Boston doesn’t believe it can afford Betts on a long-term extension, it’s possible they move him for younger, controllable talent this winter rather than pay him for one more season before seeing him walk as a free agent.

While it would stand to reason that the Red Sox would request a king’s ransom from teams trying to pry Betts away, Boston would also have to be realistic about its expectations given Betts’ status as a one-year rental. It’s the reason these kinds of trades are often so difficult to execute, unless the team with the expiring control of its star player is dead-set in its desire to move on.

That’s where the Cardinals matched up with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the Paul Goldschmidt trade last December. St. Louis had a glaring need for an impact bat, and Arizona wasn’t sure a high-dollar extension for its franchise face was best for the long-term health of the organization.

For Goldschmidt, the D-backs got a quality starting pitcher in Luke Weaver and a potential starting catcher in Carson Kelly. St. Louis had the luxury of depth at both positions and felt it worthwhile to cash in some of that depth for the type of proven commodity it sorely lacked. The Cardinals also had the payroll flexibility that the Diamondbacks felt they did not, and inked Goldschmidt to a five-year pact before he ever played a game for St. Louis. So far, it’s fair to say the trade has panned out reasonably well for both sides.

On the heels of that move one year ago, though, it’s hard to envision the Cardinals being willing to repeat the same trick when it comes to Betts.

Bowden speculated that the Cardinals would be unwilling to part with young talent like Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Dylan Carlson and Nolan Gorman, all of which makes sense given the team’s track record of protecting elite prospects and its public commentary on such matters. Flaherty and Hudson represent the present and future core of the starting rotation. Carlson should arrive in the big leagues at some point in 2020; Gorman is a touted former first-round pick still a few years away.

St. Louis’ reluctance to include any and all of these names for a possible rental makes perfect sense.

Instead, Bowden suggested the Cardinals could offer outfielder Randy Arozarena, catcher Andrew Knizner and 21-year-old infield prospect Elehuris Montero to entice the Red Sox into sending Betts to St. Louis. While it’s likely in general that the Cardinals would be more agreeable to parting with the players in this group, the Red Sox would similarly prefer the names in the aforementioned tier of untouchables. It’s that give-and-take conversation that could leave Boston looking elsewhere for a trade partner for an elite-caliber player like Betts.

And that’s all assuming the Cardinals would make a genuine effort to pursue Betts in the first place.

As mentioned previously, Betts’ fit for the Redbirds is obvious. But considering the money the Cardinals have already committed to Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, Miles Mikolas and Dexter Fowler, it seems unlikely they’d be looking to add a mega-contract, regardless of how well the player who signs it might fit within their roster.

The Cardinals felt comfortable with Goldschmidt as their grand expenditure last spring because of his age; the first baseman in his early thirties signed his extension for just five years. Like Bryce Harper last offseason, the younger Betts will likely seek a longer contract to take full advantage of his big chance to take a bite from the free-agent apple.

Not to mention, we’ve already heard hints from the team this offseason suggesting it’s not planning any drastic increases to the payroll.

“You know, our payroll this last year I think was sixth in Major League Baseball,” Cardinals chairman and majority owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said earlier this month at the team’s end-of-season press conference. “Our revenue was eleventh. And I think this coming year it will be similar category as it was last year, which is a pretty robust payroll given where we stand revenue-wise.”

Therein lies the catch-22 of a Mookie Betts pursuit by St. Louis. The Cardinals don’t like to trade young talent for superstar rentals unless they intend to pursue a long-term extension, as we’ve seen in the past with both Goldschmidt and Matt Holliday. And though there’s certainly an argument to be made that the Cardinals could afford to add Betts to their payroll, it seems like one to which team ownership would not be particularly receptive.

It’s fun to imagine what the Cardinals lineup might look like with Betts added near the top of it—and if there’s ever a time of year to do it, this is the one. Unfortunately, when you weigh everything it would take to get a deal done, the likelihood of the Cardinals doing it all is rather low.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Beau Rothwell, the husband of missing St. Louis County woman Jennfier Rothwell, was charged Thursday night in connection with her disappearance.

Beau Rothwell, Jennifer Rothwell’s husband, has been charged with tampering with evidence.

Beau Rothwell was charged with tampering with physical evidence Thursday. An additional charge of 2nd degree murder was filed Friday.  St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s office has not yet commented on what led to that murder charge.

A probable cause statement said he was caught on video buying cleaning products including bleach, carpet cleaner, and gloves on Nov. 11, the day before Jennifer Rothwell was reported missing. Two days later police obtained a search warrant for the Rothwell home where detectives found a wet carpet soaked with bleach and large areas of blood, police said.

Detectives used Jennifer’s parent’s DNA to compare it to the blood found in the house. That DNA was a match.

That search resulted in police transitioning the investigation from a missing persons case to a homicide investigation Thursday morning.

[WATCH: Missing West County woman’s case now a homicide as husband booked on murder charge, police say]

Meanwhile, the search for Jennifer continued late Thursday. Officers were seen searching a wooded area in between where Jennifer Rothwell’s car was found and where she lives. Police have put crime scene tape up at Ross Avenue and Sparrowwood Drive.

Police said Jennifer Rothwell, 28, was last seen Tuesday at her home. Her car, a Hyundai Sonata, was found near Olive and Fee Fee in Creve Coeur around 9:45 that night.

She has no history of running off and is normally in contact with family members and friends on a daily basis, police said, but she hasn’t reached out to anyone since leaving her home.

Rothwell’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to her whereabouts.

[WATCH: Mother of Jennifer Rothwell speaks to News 4 ahead of husband’s detainment]

Her mother, Robin von Hausen, said her daughter had just moved to West County with her husband. Rothwell works at DuPont as a chemical engineer.

“She works hard. People like her. She has a lot of friends at DuPont,” von Hausen said.

Her family said police found Rothwell’s cellphone in the car but her purse was gone.

Von Hausen said it was one of her DuPont co-workers who tipped them off that something might have happened.

“A coworker texted and said, ‘Hey, how is Jennifer?’ They assumed she just hadn’t come into work because of the weather or whatnot. So, it wasn’t until late 6 ,or so, in the evening before we even knew she hadn’t made it to work,” von Hausen said.

Beau Rothwell filed a police report Tuesday night and Wednesday posted to Facebook asking for help in the search.

According to Jennifer’s Facebook page, the couple was married in September of 2015.

Beau made his first court appearance Friday morning.

Anyone with information about Rothwell is asked to contact St. Louis County police or CrimeStoppers.

Beau Rothwell was charged in connection with his wife’s disappearance. (Credit: St. Louis County Police)

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Cardinals Win

As we inch closer and closer to the post-season, it is nothing but a breath of fresh air when our beloved Cardinals win! 

Matt Carpenter did it again in the 5th inning when he put the Cardinals in the perfect position to score, and they did just that. Harrison Bader scored and gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead against Washington! 

Matt Carpenter put the Cardinals in position to score in the fifth inning. But it was Harrison Bader who scored to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead against Washington.

Carpenter opened the fifth inning with a double over the head of right fielder Adam Eaton. He went to third base on a ground out by Yadier Molina.

Manager Mike Shildt then opted to have Bader run for Carpenter. Bader broke for the plate immediately when Paul DeJong followed with a chopper to the left of pitcher Max Scherzer, who had no choice but to get the out at first as Bader scored.

Adam Wainwright has allowed five hits in five innings in holding the Nationals scoreless.

Edman hits 10th homer

Tommy Edman had never faced Max Scherzer, yet he found himself in the Cardinals’ lineup, playing right field today.

His first attempt was a smashing success. Edman hit a home run into the bullpen in right field for the team’s first hit in the third inning and the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead over Washington at Busch Stadium.

Scherzer has struck out five through three innings. The only other hard hit ball came on a line drive hit by Adam Wainwright at left fielder Juan Soto for an out.

Wainwright has allowed three singles in the first three innings. The National put runners at first and second in the second inning when Matt Carpenter had a ground ball go through his legs and Yan Gomes singled.

Scherzer then singled to right field, but Edman easily threw out Victor Robles at the plate as he tried to score from second base.

Carpenter in lineup

Matt Carpenter will start today against Washington after being out of the lineup for five games. He will play third base and bat fifth as the Cardinals play their final home game before a seven-game road trip.

Carpenter last started the final game at Colorado last week. He is hitting .286 for his career against Nationals starter Max Scherzer.

“He’s fresh, ready to go,” manager Mike Shildt said. “He’s getting his at-bats. I’m sure not as many as he’d like. But he’s getting at-bats off the bench. His last three, four at-bats have been favorable and he looks good and in a good place. Last night he got a good swing on that fastball. He’s in a good place and ready to get out there and play.”

Carpenter is 6-for-21 against Scherzer. Marcell Ozuna also has had some success, hitting .303 against the righthander with two home runs.

However, there are more players in the lineup that have struggled against him. Dexter Fowler is 4-for-24, Paul Goldschmidt 2-for-22, Yadier Molina 1-for-14 and Kolten Wong 3-for-17.

Shildt was asked specifically about Fowler, who has struck out 12 times against Scherzer, as has Goldschmidt.

“Numbers are interesting because they do matter,” Shildt said. “I can’t say we don’t look at them. We also realize they come from different places. He could have lined out eight times. That’s part of it. The other part is Dexter is in a good place. He’s playing well and is a big part of what we’re doing at the top of the lineup.”

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cardinal-beat/cardinals-score-in-fifth-to-take—lead/article_ec804a16-0d75-55ce-9fd0-481046d7cc94.html

Jobs Coming to St. Louis

Bayer, the global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture, announces their plans to bring 500 jobs to Creve Coeur.

The investment was made to try to help enhance Missouri’s already successful and growing agriculture-technology industry.

The 500 St. Louis jobs would be a combination of transfers from North Carolina and new hires.

JEFFERSON CITY — Bayer AG plans to bring 500 jobs to Creve Coeur, Gov. Mike Parson said from his office on Tuesday.

The announcement comes nearly three years after Bayer announced its $63 billion acquisition of Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co., which generated worry that the merger would result in local job losses. The combined company’s seeds and traits business and its North American commercial headquarters is based in St. Louis.

Parson, a Republican, said Bayer has committed to retaining 4,400 jobs in the St. Louis region as well as adding 500 more; the average salary for the new jobs will be $110,000, state officials said.

“This investment will just enhance Missouri’s already successful ag-tech industry,” said Parson, a cattle farmer. He met with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann during a European trade mission last month.

The announcement was made possible in part by the shuttering of Bayer’s North American crop sciences headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., said Lisa Safarian, president of Bayer’s North America commercial operations.

She said the 500 St. Louis jobs would be a combination of transfers from North Carolina and new hires.

“Bayer’s headquarters was in Raleigh, North Carolina,” Safarian said at a Tuesday news conference. “And so that headquarters is closing, and so we will be locating those individuals to St. Louis.”

A company spokesman later said Bayer’s environmental science operations will remain in Cary, N.C.

The St. Louis job announcement also comes after the company, whose international headquarters is based in Germany, announced in November it would cut 12,000 jobs worldwide, about 10% of its workforce. The company also faces continued litigation, inherited from Monsanto, regarding its signature weedkiller Roundup, which plaintiffs claim caused their cancers. 

It wasn’t clear whether the 4,900 jobs — 4,400 retained jobs and 500 new ones — represented a net gain for staffing levels in St. Louis.

Bayer had been in discussions with state economic development officials as it weighed investing in its workforce here or on the east coast. The company told the Post-Dispatch in 2018 that it employed about 5,400 people between its two St. Louis area campuses.

In September 2016, after the two companies announced the merger, Monsanto said it employed 4,100 people in the St. Louis region, not including several hundred remote workers, temporary employees or contractors.

The state and Bayer also announced Tuesday the company would make a $164 million capital investment as part of the deal — mostly building improvements to accommodate the new staff, a company spokesman said. 

The state has offered incentives totaling $44 million, mainly through its Missouri Works program that allows companies to retain employees’ payroll taxes if job targets are met. The state incentives would be paid over seven years. St. Louis County is also offering a property tax break valued at $2 million. 

Rob Dixon, director of the state’s Department of Economic Development, framed Bayer’s decision as a win for Missouri.

“We look at this, again, as making a strategic investment in the state,” Dixon said. “The state was competing for these jobs. … We’re competing for the long-term economic opportunity for our state.”

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page cheered the news at the press conference.

“As St. Louis County continues to shine as the global epicenter for agricultural technology, and plant sciences, I thank Bayer for adding to our momentum,” Page, a Democrat, said.

Bayer’s predecessor, Monsanto, received a significant pledge of state support in 2013 when it announced a $400 million investment into its Chesterfield research campus. The state promised up to $22 million in incentives, and St. Louis County $22 million in tax breaks, in exchange for the company adding 675 scientific jobs in Chesterfield. 

Bayer began integrating Monsanto into its corporate structure last August

In January, Bayer announced it would shutter its Pittsburgh campus, for decades the German conglomerate’s North American headquarters, and consolidate administrative staff for plant sciences in St. Louis and for health care in New Jersey.

Its Pittsburgh operations, which employed about 600 people in finance, accounting, legal and technology, will shutter by 2021, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bayer is looking at adding jobs to the Creve Coeur campus, where Monsanto’s headquarters staff, as opposed to its Chesterfield-based scientific and research staff, is based.

A company spokesman said Tuesday the job classifications would “run the gamut,” and would include positions in information technology, marketing, legal, human resources and research and development.

Some of the jobs could end up being based at the company’s Chesterfield campus, said Darren Wallis, a Bayer spokesman.

Headquarters jobs, which include business support functions, are often the most at risk following major corporate mergers. Overlapping information technology and human resources departments, for instance, can often be consolidated. The investment in the Creve Coeur campus, the former global headquarters for Monsanto, helps alleviate at least some worry about major cutbacks in corporate jobs there following the merger. 

Jacob Barker of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/bayer-announces-plan-to-bring-jobs-to-creve-coeur/article_ab5dc277-74de-589c-8e70-2bd6b0f7cef9.html

Fallen St. Louis Officer’s Fundraiser

If you are in the market to eat-out tonight, you should check out one of the 50 restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds to North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf’s family.

These restaurants are donating anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of their proceeds.

For more information, continue reading the below article:

Fifty-five restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds Tuesday to the family of fallen North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf.

Langsdorf, 40, was shot by a man police say was trying to cash a bad check in Wellston on June 23. That man along with the man who police believe gave him the check have been charged with his murder.

Langsdorf left behind two children, Kaleb, 18, and Olivia, 13. 

The restaurants will be donating anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of their proceeds to the children, according to the Dine Out for Officer Langsdorf Facebook page.

Restaurants participating in the donation program for Langsdorf

Restaurant name Address Phone number Percentage of sales
Brewseez 4251 Keaton Crossing Blvd 636-329-0027 15%
Irma Jean’s Restaurant & Bar 2109 Charbonier Road 314-395-6777 15%
Cooper’s American Pub & Grill 6632 Mexico Road 636-387-1216 15%
Town Square Pub & Grill 7843 Highway N 636-625-4800 25%
612 Kitchen and Cocktails 612 W Woodbine Ave 314-965-2003 20%
Goodcents Deli Fresh 3870 Vogel Rd, 636-333-3368 10%
Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders 4260 Hampton Ave 314-832-9700 10%
Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery 6116-2nd St. Kimmswick Mo. 636-464-3128 10%.
Fortel’s Pizza Den 7932 Mackenzie Rd 63123 314-353-2360 15%
Cannolis Restaurant 462 N HWY 67 314-540-2887 10%
Cookies by Design 11453 Olive 314-997-8800 10%
Amigos Cantina 120 W Jefferson Kirkwood, MO 63122 314-821-0877 10%
OB.CLARKS 1921 S. Brentwood Blvd. 314-961-8900 10%
The Sushi Station 29 North Gore Webster Groves,MO 63119 314-733-5511 20%
Viviano’s Festa Italiano, Inc. 62 Fenton Plaza, Fenton MO 63026 636-305-1474 10%
Viviano’s Festa italiano, Inc. 150 Four Seasons Chesterfield mo 63017 314-878-1474 10%
Goodcents Deli Fresh 5837 S. Lindbergh Blvd 314 939 1402 10%
Goodcents Deli Fresh 2961 Dourgherty Ferry Rd 314-858-1153 10%
Joey B’s Food & Drink – Manchester 14445 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011 636-527-5639 10%
Bartolino’s South 5914 South Lindbergh 314-487-4545 20%
Joey B’s – Concord 189 Concord Plaza St. Louis, MO 63129 314-843-2121 10%
Joey B’s on the Hill 2524 Hampton Ave. St Louis, MO 63139 314-645-7300 10%
St Louis Pizza & Wings-Florissant 739A N. HWY 67 314-972-7100 10%
Oakville Sports Pub 6348 Telegraph Rs 314 846-3782 10%
OSP Tap Haus 6346 Telegraph Rd 314 293-9642 10%
Jilly’s Cafe and Steakhouse 1630 Gravois Rd. 636-671-7606 20%
Blarneystone sports bar and grill 4331 Telegraph rd, St. louis, Mo. 63129 314-487-4488 20%
Texas Roadhouse – Kirkwood 1220 S. Kirkwood Road 314-822-0800 10%
Dulanys Grille and Pub 9940 Kennerly Road 314-849-1554 10%
Sharpshooter Pit and Grill 8135 Gravois St. Louis MO 63123 314-353-4745 50%
Roberto’s Italian Restaurant 16 Mullanphy Gardens Shopping Center, Florissant, MO 63031 314-837-7674 10%
Frankie G’s Grill & Bar 4565 chestnut park plaza 314-894-9292 10%
Layla 20 Allen Suite 130 Webster Groves, MO 63119 314-395-6649 20%
JJ Twig’s South Hampton 5600 Hampton Avenue 314-833-6700 10%
Tucker’s Place Soulard 2117 South 12th Street 314-772-5977 10%
McAlister’s Deli 12515 Olive Blvd 314-985-3280 10%
McAlister’s Deli 2180 N. Hwy 67 314-839-7703 10%
McAlister’s Deli 14848 Manchester Rd 636-230-3354 10%
McAlister’s Deli 11969 St. Charles Rock Rd. 314-279-8520 10%
McAlister’s Deli 3200-B Laclede Station Rd. 314-338-2801 10%
McAlister’s Deli 12101-A Manchester Rd. 314-238-3354 10%
McAlister’s Deli 7106 Mexico Rd. 636-875-5890 10%
McAlister’s Deli 1598 Country Club Plaza Dr. 636-946-8772 10%
McAlister’s Deli 4000 Lemay Ferry Rd. 314-714-7400 10%
McAlister’s Deli 2249 Michigan Ave 636-321-2627 10%
McAlister’s Deli 8670 Veterans Memorial Pkwy 636-542-8200 10%
McAlister’s Deli 170 Gravois Bluff Circle Dr. Suite G 636-680-5300 10%
Iron Barley’s High Hog Ridge 3367 High Ridge Blvd 636-671-9911 10%
B.Halls Family Grill 3782 Monticello Plaza 636-300-8002 10%
Gettemeiers’s 269 SALT LICK RD. ST PETERS MO 63376 636-387-1304 10%
The Post Sports Bar & Grill 568 Old Smizer Mill Road, Fenton, MO 63026 636-600-9090 15%
Cheeburger Cheeburger 13311 Manchester Rd; Des Peres, MO 63131 314-821-9900 20%
Colbalt Smoke & Sea 12643 Olive Blvd, Creve Couer 314-548-6220 25%
Show-Mes Florissant 1792 N New Florissant 314-839-3797 10%

First Community Credit Union also is sending all donations made at its locations throughout the area to Langsdorf’s immediate family. To donate, visit any one of their locations, which are listed on its website, www.firstcommunity.com.

The Backstoppers Inc. also is supporting Langsdorf’s family. The nonprofit financially supports immediate family members of officers, firefighters and publicly funded paramedics or EMTs who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty by paying off mortgages, car loans, education costs and any extraordinary expenses.

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/more-than-restaurants-donating-portion-of-proceeds-today-to-fallen/article_19911089-42f4-5f33-9141-98147d02dde6.html

Craft Beer in the St. Louis Area

Craft beer is growing fan favorite across the country. Today’s brewers have kicked it up a notch as they try to distinguish themselves from everyone else trying to distinguish themselves. Whether you are a craft brewery or a bar that sells special craft brews, you are in the right market because sales are only looking to grow!

Anyone for steak and onion Kolsch? Or a macaroni and cheese pale ale?

Those were among the flavors at the Strange Brew Festival in Reno, Nevada, this month, where competition for attention has intensified as craft beers have boomed.

Brewers have always experimented, from the medieval Belgians who stirred sour cherries into their beer to newer varieties like the white IPA, a marriage of Belgian and American styles that was developed about a decade ago.

But today’s brewers have kicked it up a notch as they try to distinguish themselves from everyone else trying to distinguish themselves.

Visitors at the festival in Reno could sample a peanut butter and pickle pilsner, a tamale lager and a smoked carrot stout. There were concoctions from big brewers like Sierra Nevada and smaller local brew pubs, sweet beers brewed with Jolly Ranchers and spicy ones that tasted like garlic bread or mango salsa.

The U.S. had 7,346 craft brewers last year, up 93% from 2014, according to the Brewers Association, an industry trade group. Craft beer sales rose 7% to $27.6 billion last year, about one-fourth of the total U.S. beer market.

“People are looking for ways to differentiate themselves and be the next big thing,” said Jon Brandt, a beer aficionado who works for Washington-based distributor Madidus Importers. “A lot of it is just about trying to get noticed.”

A beer with head-turning labels or ingredients can do just that. Denver-based Wynkoop Brewing Co. lures a lot of customers with its Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which is made with roasted barley, seven different grains and grilled buffalo or bull testicles.

“It actually started as an April Fool’s joke,” said John Sims, Wynkoop’s head brewer. “It’s pretty popular.”

Wynkoop has traditional ales and lagers on the menu, too. Sometimes, Brandt said, a wacky beer is a way to get people to look at the rest of a brewer’s lineup.

“I’m making a beer for you to notice me, but I really want to sell you my IPA,” he said. Among the oddest beers he has tasted is a Bloody Mary brew from Michigan’s Short’s Brewing Co. He liked it, but other tasters thought it went too far.

There are purists who decry the trend toward wacky ingredients.

“I personally am not a fan of ridiculous brews incorporating materials and gimmicks that have no historical provenance in brewing,” said Charlie Bamforth, a distinguished professor emeritus in the food science and technology department of the University of California, Davis.

Bamforth said laws restricting ingredients — like Germany has — might be going a bit too far. But he would like to see some regulations defining what can and can’t be called “beer.”

“If someone wants to explore bizarre components, then I think they should do it under the umbrella of alternative beverages and not be allowed to sully the good name of beer,” he said.

Others say experiments that stray too far get weeded out quickly.

“It has to be flavorful. It has to taste like beer,” said Hal McConnellogue, cellar manager at San Leandro, California-based Drake’s Brewing Co., which had an IPA made with altar bread, grapes and terpenes at the festival. “It’s got to make you want another one. If it doesn’t, then it’s just gimmicky and you’re going to be out of the spotlight pretty fast.”

Jess Lebow, the author of The Beer Devotional and The United States of Craft Beer, says the high level of experimentation is what makes craft beer so special. Lebow said he might only try a steak and onion beer once. It might be great, but even if it’s not, it might lead to a beer that’s a big hit.

“There are really only so many flavors you can create with water, malt, barley and hops,” he said. “At the end of the day, if the brewer is having fun trying new things, then I’m probably having fun trying their beer.”

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AP videojournalists Haven Daley in Reno and P. Solomon Banda in Denver contributed to this story.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/business/national-and-international/as-craft-beer-market-grows-so-do-wild-flavors/article_27dbca1a-3f59-56c0-880f-c6d6f1f157a9.html

Pipeline to Wood River Restarts

The crude pipeline to Wood River is going to restart, says officials. News of the restart strengthened the front-month spread between July and August U.S. crude futures and helped U.S. crude futures pare losses. PLX did not elaborate on the cause of the shutdown in the shipper notice but traders have said the issue was likely due to flooding in the region.

NEW YORK — MPLX LP said on Wednesday that the issue that forced the shutdown of its 360,000 barrels per day (bpd) Ozark crude pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to Wood River, Ill., has been resolved, traders told Reuters, citing a shipper notice.

The company expects to restart the line early on Friday and it will operate at full capacity upon restart, according to the notice.

U.S. cash crude markets at Cushing, the delivery point for U.S. crude futures had weakened significantly on Tuesday after the outage.

News of the restart strengthened the front-month spread between July and August U.S. crude futures and helped U.S. crude futures pare losses, traders and brokers said.

Trading in the spread is closely tied to supply and demand at Cushing and it had weakened to trade at the widest level in nearly three months earlier in the session.

Representatives of MPLX did not immediately respond to a requests for comment.

MPLX did not elaborate on the cause of the shutdown in the shipper notice but traders have said the issue was likely due to flooding in the region.

More than a week of violent weather, including downpours and deadly tornadoes, has devastated the central United States, bringing record-breaking floods in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas, turning highways into lakes and submerging all but the roofs of some homes.

More rain is forecast, and the flooding is expected to spread, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) and local officials.

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/crude-pipeline-to-wood-river-expected-to-restart-on-friday/article_3ec2e8db-52d6-5519-83d6-448c52917a27.html

Acts of Kindness in St. Louis

Despite the horrible weather St. Louis is currently enduring, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A local teen has been doing random acts of kindness around the city that is impressing people nationwide. The teen helped assist a wheelchair bound man who was stuck in the storms path. The teen helped push the man’s wheelchair up the hill to get him safely back to his house.

ST. JOHN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – In the midst of severe weather Tuesday, a St. Louis teen’s efforts to help a man in a wheelchair stuck in the storm’s path is touching hearts across the metro area.

Gregory Beck was leaving Schnucks on St. Charles Rock Road in St. John when the tornado sirens starting going off. 

“Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home,” said Beck. 

Beck lost both his legs within the last year. Diabetes also caused him to go legally blind. He can’t drive, so he pushes himself up and down a hill to his home. 

He says drivers were honking and yelling at him as he tried to cross St. Charles Rock Road. He made it to a nearby gas station when a car pulled up. 

“This lady and her son were hollering at me like ‘are you okay?” Beck said. “Very lovely lady driving and her son. Just the greatest people and very concerned about other people, which America needs to start doing more of.”

Seth Phillips, 16, jumped out of the car and began pushing Beck’s wheelchair up the hill to his home. 

“We need to be caring for each other and helping each other out,” said Phillips. 

Beck says without Phillip’s help, it would normally take him about 25 minutes to get up the hill. He has to stop as many as 10 times to rest.

“My hope is that other teenagers will see that it’s the cool thing to do, you know, it’s good to help other people. It doesn’t make you uncool to stop and help someone who needs it,” said Seth’s mom, Amber Gilleylen.

Gilleylen initially recorded video of her son pushing Beck to share with her mom. She posted the video on Facebook and was surprised to see it shared dozens of times. She says she is so proud of her son for wanting to help, noting it’s not our of character for him. 

“His only complaint was ‘it makes me sad that people would rather fly by and honk at a disabled person rather than to lend a hand,” said Gilleylen.

Beck says he’s very thankful for their help and that even the smallest acts of kindness can mean a lot. 

“You don’t have to give them money, just doing a kind act. Instead of shooting somebody, give them a kind act,” said Beck.

Phillips calls Beck his friend and hopes to re-connect soon. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the man to get an electric wheelchair. Click here for more.

Source: https://www.kmov.com/news/st-louis-teen-s-act-of-kindness-touching-hearts-across/article_67dd8326-7cfe-11e9-8308-5f001b9dcace.html

Portions of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers near St. Louis have been closed

The Coast Guard Thursday closed portions of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to all vessel traffic due to extremely high water levels and fast-moving currents near St. Louis. A no wake order was issued on the Illinois River from mile marker 10 to mile marker 80.2, the Coast Guard said.

The restrictions will be lifted as soon as conditions improve, the Coast Guard said.

ST. LOUIS  — The Coast Guard Thursday closed portions of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to all vessel traffic due to extremely high water levels and fast-moving currents near St. Louis. 

The Mississippi River was closed from mile marker 179, just south of the Eads Bridge, to mile marker 184, the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

The Coast Guard said it was encouraging all southbound vessels between mile marker 179 and mile marker 168.5, at the Jefferson Barracks Bridge, to operate only during daylight hours.

A no wake order was issued on the Illinois River from mile marker 10 to mile marker 80.2, the Coast Guard said.

The restrictions will be lifted as soon as conditions improve, the Coast Guard said.

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/coast-guard-closes-portions-of-the-mississippi-and-illinois-rivers/article_4280ea02-32e6-5a39-9e05-1440ad6fdc7a.html

Spooky Halloween Events You Do Not Want To Miss

There is no shortage of spooky Halloween events around the St. Louis area. Whether you are looking for haunted houses, corn mazes, scary movie nights or a creepy theatrical performance, there are so many opportunities that you do not want to miss out on! If you have little children, do not worry! There are many kid-friendly options that will not leave them having nightmares.

Source: http://events.stltoday.com/events?neighborhoods=&categories=11

St. Louis Fall Concerts You Do Not Want To Miss

Besides cooler weather and pumpkin spice lattes, there is nothing better than a fall concert. This fall, St. Louis concerts are sure making an appearance! From Blues, Hip-hop, country and Rock n’ Roll — there are an array of different concerts that will resonate with the entire family! For a full detailed list, check out this article!

• Shakey Graves’ “The Tour x9 World Tour” with the Wild Reeds, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, the Pageant, $25-$28, ticketmaster.com

Shakey Graves. Photo by Greg Giannukos

• Parkway Drive, the Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red, Polaris, 8 p.m. Sept. 4, the Pageant, $28.50-$30, ticketmaster.com

• Boy George & Culture Club, the B-52s,Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard, $49.50-$129.50, metrotix.com

• NPR’s Ask Another with Matt and Kim, Ophira Eisenberg hosts, 7:30 p.m.  Sept. 6 the Pageant, $25-$55, ticketmaster.com

• Brent Faiyaz’s “Sonder Son Tour,” 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy, $20-$25, ticketweb.com

• Junior Brown, 8 p.m. Sept. 6, Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street, $25, metrotix.com

• Brad Williams, 8 p.m. Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 7-8, Helium Comedy Club, $17-$22, heliumcomedy.com

• Ringo Starr & His All Star Band with Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Graham Gouldman, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette, 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Fox Theatre, $40-$195, metrotix.com

• An Evening with Firefall, 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main Street, Edwardsville, sold out, wildeytheatre.com

• Punch Brothers, Madison Cunningham, 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Boulevard, $37-$79, touhill.org

• ‘90s House Party with Vanilla Ice, Coolio, All-4-One, Montell Jordan, Young MC, Rob Base, Tone Loc, Naughty by Nature, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, $15-$149, livenation.com

• The Temptations, the Four Tops, 8 p.m. Sept. 8, J. Scheidegger Center for the Performing Arts, 2300 West Clay Street, St. Charles, $49.50-$89.50, lindenwood.edu/j-scheidegger-center-for-the-arts/

• Counting Crows’ “25 Years and Counting” with Live, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, $17-$125, livenation.com

• Greg Laswell, 8 p.m. Sept. 11, Old Rock House, $15, metrotix.com

• Ryley Walker, 8 p.m. Sept. 11, Off Broadway, $12-$14, etix.com

• Chick Corea, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept 11-12, Jazz St. Louis, 3536 Washington Avenue, $75, jazzstl.org

• Shonen Knife, 8 p.m. Sept. 12,  the Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Avenue, $20-$25, ticketfly.com

• Carbon Leaf, 8 pm. Sept. 13, Old Rock House, $20-$25, metrotix.com

•  Rickey Smiley, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 14-15, Helium Comedy Club, $25, heliumcomedy.com

• Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Jazz St. Louis, $30, jazzstl.org

• Lupe Fiasco, Mvstermind, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, Delmar Hall, $30-$35, ticketmaster.com

• Gary Numan’s “The Second Savage North American Tour” with Nightmare Air, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, the Ready Room, $22-$25, ticketfly.com

• An Evening with Gillian Welch, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard, $38-$40, metrotix.com

• Maroon 5’s “Red Pill Blues Tour 2018” with Julia Michaels, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Enterprise Center, $46-$146, ticketmaster.com

• Scotty McCreery, 8 p.m. Sept. 14, J. Scheidegger Center for the Performing Arts, $29.50-$59.50, lindenwood.edu/j-scheidegger-center-for-the-arts/

• Bobby Bare, 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Wildey Theatre, $50-$55, wildeytheatre.com

• JD McPherson (and his band), 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Off Broadway, $20 etix.com

• RuPaul’s “Werq the World” with Aquaria, Eureka, Kameron Michaels, Asia O’Hare, Shangela, Kim Chi, Violet Chachki, Valentina and host Bob the Drag Queen, 9 p.m. Sept. 14, the Pageant, $55-$65, ticketmaster.com

• Rickey Smiley, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 14-15, Helium Comedy Club, $40-$50, heliumcomedy.com

• Moneybagg Yo, 9 p.m. Sept. 15, the Pageant, $45-$55, ticketmaster.com

• Gabriel & Dresden, 9 p.m. Sept. 15, Ryse Nightclub at Ameristar Casino, 1 Ameristar Boulevard, $10-$25, ticketmaster.com

• Alejandro Escovedo, 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Delmar Hall, $25-$30, ticketmaster.com

• RBRM (Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins), 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue, $45-$95, ticketmaster.com

• An Evening with Yo La Tengo, 8 p.m. Sept. 17, Delmar Hall, $25-$28, ticketmaster.com

• Bullet For My Valentine, We Came as Romans, Bad Omens, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, the Pageant, $32.50-$35, ticketmaster.com

• All That Remains, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Fubar, $25, etix.com

• Chromeo, Steven A. Clark, 8 p.m. Sept. 19, the Pageant, $30-$35, ticketmaster.com

• Bryon Stripling, 8 p.m. Sept. 19, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21-22, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 23, Jazz St. Louis, $30, jazzstl.org

• The Band of Heathens, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, the Sheldon Concert Hall $20, metrotix.com

• The Record Company, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, the Pageant, $24-$29, ticketmaster.com

• Lord Huron, 8 p.m. Sept. 21, the Pageant, sold out, ticketmaster.com

• Miniature Tigers, Jasper Boens, 9 p.m. Sept. 21, Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, $20-$25, ticketmaster.com

• Jonathan McReynolds, 8 p.m. Sept. 21, the Firebird, 2706 Olive Street, $20-$75, ticketfly.com

• B Phlat, 8 p.m. Sept. 21, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Sept. 23, the Laugh Lounge, 11208 West Florissant Avenue, $15-$20, etix.com

• USO of Missouri Red White and Blue presents Stone Sour, Shaman’s Harvest, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, the Pageant, $30, ticketmaster.com

• DJ Benny Benassi, 9 p.m. Sept. 22, $15 with VIP options available, Ryse Nightclub, 1 Ameristar Boulevard, St. Charles, $15, ticketmaster.com

• The Fab Four, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, J. Scheidegger Center for the Performing Arts, $29.50-$69.50, lindenwood.edu/j-scheidegger-center-for-the-arts/

•Melvin Seals and JGB, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Atomic Cowboy Pavilion, $25,  ticketfly.com

• Never Shout Never, 8 p.m. Sept. 23, Off Broadway, $25, etix.com

• Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute with Steve Pecaro, Tony Campanella, Mike Zito and more, 8 p.m. Sept. 24, the Pageant, $20-$25, ticketmaster.com

• Blessthefall’s “Hard Feelings Tour” with the Word Alive, Ded, Thousand Below, War Within, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Delmar Hall, $18-$20, ticketmaster.com

• Anne Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway: Sibling Rivelry, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Jazz St. Louis, $40, jazzstl.org

• MC50 Presents: “Kick Out the Jams 50th Anniversary Tour,” with the Detroit Tigers, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, the Ready Room, $30-$149, ticketfly.com

• Parker Millsap, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Old Rock House $15-$18, metrotix.com

• Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Delmar Hall, $22-$25, ticketmaster.com

• Donnell Rawlings, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 28-29, Helium Comedy Club, $18-$22, heliumcomedy.com

• “Girls Night Live” with Mandisa, Blanca, Candace Payne, Jasmine Murray, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, $31-$66, metrotix.com

• Foxing, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Delmar Hall, $15-$18, ticketmaster.com

• Philip H Anselmo & the Illegals, King Parrot, Divine Sorrow, Article III, 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Pop’s, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, $20-$25, ticketweb.com

• Eddie Izzard’s “Believe Me Tour,”  8 p.m. Sept. 29, Touhill Performing Arts Center, $39-$95, touhill.org

• Green Velvet, Faded Sessions, Luke Hansen, Brian R, Just/G and Boomer, 9 p.m. Sept. 29, Ryse Nightclub, $10, ticketmaster.com

• Dire Straits Legacy, 7:30 pm. Sept. 29, Family Arena, $35-$65, metrotix.com

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/music/kevin-johnson/your-guide-to-concerts-in-st-louis-this-fall/collection_448d02cc-e3cb-5cbe-b7f3-1dec3f0e045b.html