Linda Birch

Founder & Owner

IWD 2024
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Brewery Market is a little haven of hops nestled in the heart of Twickenham. It’s a place where craft beer meets community, and every beer poured is a celebration of creativity and craftsmanship. Our fridges and taps are adorned with an eclectic mix of beers, each telling its own story of innovation and passion. But beyond the brews, Brewery Market is about bringing people together, fostering connections, and creating a space where everyone feels welcome.

Hi there! I’m Linda, the founder of Brewery Market, where our mission is to demystify the craft beer world. Through thoughtfully curated events, we aim to welcome not just seasoned aficionados but also those just dipping their toes into the world of craft beer. It’s about creating a space where the diversity of flavours meets diverse interests, ensuring that everyone, especially women and solo visitors, feels at home and inspired to explore.

My journey into the world of craft beer started with simple curiosity and a deep appreciation for the art behind brewing. The more I learned, the more I realised I wanted to create a space that not only showcased these liquid masterpieces but also embodied the spirit of inclusivity and discovery. I wanted to create a cosy spot. We’re here to bring everyone together over great craft beer, making connections and creating a friendly community vibe.

One significant barrier was the perception of beer as a predominantly male interest, which often overshadowed the diverse appeal of craft beer to all genders. I’ve been committed to changing this narrative by emphasising the wide range of flavours in craft beer that resonate with everyone, creating an inclusive culture at Brewery Market where women, in particular, feel encouraged to explore and enjoy the full spectrum of craft beer.

Navigating a traditionally male-dominated industry has had its moments where my voice as a female leader and the voices of female patrons needed more amplification. These challenges only reinforced my determination to cultivate a space at Brewery Market where inclusion is the norm, and every individual, especially women, feels heard and celebrated.

By organising events that cater to a broad range of interests— from true-crime nights to collaborations with local restaurants—we’ve opened our doors wider to include those who might not have considered a craft beer venue appealing. This approach has not only diversified our clientele but also enriched our community.

Every challenging encounter I’ve faced, from the dismissive attitudes of male superiors to the inappropriate moments that should never have occurred, fuels my determination to champion the advancement of women and girls. Each missed opportunity and every instance where I felt undervalued because of my gender serves as a powerful reminder of the work that still needs to be done. These experiences have inspired me to create a space where women are respected.

Linda Birch