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Schlafly Brewery Owner to Read at Book Club Event

Schlafly Brewery owner Tom Schlafly will discuss his new book, "A New Religion in Mecca: Memoir of a Renegade Brewery in St. Louis," during the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club, March 29, 7 p.m., at New Town at St. Charles (take 270 to 370 to Elm/New Town Boulevard). A tasting of Schlafly beers will be held at the reading. Charlie Brennan of KMOX will interview Schlafly on his KMOX morning show March 28 in the 10 a.m. hour.

The event is free but reservations are required. Call 314-444-1827 or e-mail cwbrennan@cbs.com, leave your name and phone number and reference the book club to reserve a spot today. For more information, go to www.fontbonne.edu/bookclub.

According to the publisher, in 1991, St. Louis lawyer Tom Schlafly decided to play "David" to one of the city's biggest business "Goliaths": Anheuser-Busch. He started Schlafly Brewery as the city's first micro-beer in the shadow of the world's biggest beer maker. Despite legislative shenanigans that tried to limit how many barrels he could brew and resistance from local distributors, Schlafly took an abandoned warehouse in midtown St. Louis and has turned it into one of the nation's most successful micro-brewers. With wit and insight, Schlafly describes his company's struggles and successes, including the day he led a dog-drawn carriage to Busch Stadium with the first case of his beer to be sold in the Anheuser-Busch owned baseball landmark.