Our Story

The Equal Brewkery was founded in 2017 by Bill Russell with the vision to show that people with learning disabilities can be at the heart of a successful business. 

Equal Brewkery, a combined bakery and micro-brewery, is a not-for-profit, community interest company created to provide training and support for people with learning disabilities.

A few years ago, Bill suffered a stroke and lost the use of his right arm, the hearing on his right side and some mobility in his right leg. Following an operation to remove a blockage in his carotid artery he began to regain the movement in his arm and leg, but he began to wonder what happened to people who suffered strokes, had brain impairments, or learning difficulties. This was his main motivation in setting up Equal Brewkery. In addition to this he wanted to show that people with learning disabilities can achieve.

We operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from our Equal Brewkery based in Norwich. We make a variety of delicious ales - including a festive one! We also bake a large variety of breads, cakes and pizzas! 

Meet the team


Founder and Volunteer

Favourite drink - Brewkery Beer

Favourite bake - Brewkery Bread



Favourite drink - Coffee

Favourite bake - All types of bread



Favourite drink - Brewkery Golden Ale

Favourite Bake - Carrot cake




Favourite drink - Just a good quality beer really!

Favourite bake - Sourdough 



Favourite drink - Strawberry Milkshake

Favourite bake - Carrot Cake



Favourite drink - Brewkery Festive Ale

Favourite bake - Brewkery Lemon Drizzle Cake



Favourite drink - Red Wine

Favourite bake - Brownies

Here we are at the Festive Fair at the Forum 2022! What a fantastic event! We did so well, we sold out of most of our produce. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us!

“After watching Bill's Youtube videos during lockdown, Jacob was able to bake with very little support from us. His confidence has also improved.”

Jacob's mum


Special thanks for the support we receive from
Crisp Maltings 
Bread Source
School of Social Entrepreneurs 
Love Norfolk
Independence Matters 
Johnny Shirley
Tom Abbiss Smith


Graphic Design by - Johnny Shirley  

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