Penwortham distillery launches pink gin designed by Preston graphic designer

Posted on - 4th October, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Food & Drink, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News
Fairham Distillery's pink gin
Fairham Distillery’s pink gin with the Secret Industries design

Penwortham businesses Fairham Distillery and Preston’s Secret Industries have teamed up to create a special gin release.

Fairham Distillery’s Ellis McKeown, 28, and Liam Stemson, 27, the owners and distillers who have created the multi-award-winning Fairham Gin, have launched Limited Edition Vol.2, their expression of a pink gin that is a first for the distillery.

Liam said: “We’ve gone slightly off-brand with this special limited release and created a coloured gin that has an all-natural pink hue to it as opposed to our usual clear gin.”

The Fairham pair have taken a traditionally distilled classic juniper-forward gin and combined it with fresh British raspberry and strawberry, along with the addition of aromatic lychee.

The Limited Edition range by Fairham Gin showcases the work of local artists on the front cover of the bottle. For Limited Edition Vol.2, the distillery has teamed up with Secret Industries, aka Tim Bridges, a Preston-based graphic designer.

Ellis, Liam and Tim with the Fairham pink gin
Ellis and Liam from Fairham with Tim of Secret Industries

Tim said: “I was really excited when asked to do this project. To work with someone local that produces a national award-winning product is amazing. It’s also flattering and a little terrifying all rolled into one!”

Tim founded his graphic design business in 2010 after initially starting out as hobby. Since 2018, Tim has focused his efforts on graphic design and has turned his creative output into a full-time role working on logos, brand identity and illustrative work for small Northern businesses.

Talking about his style of work, Tim said: “I love the bold, simple and clean logos of Cruz Novillo, but the grit and texture of designers like Chris Ashworth. I love pop art, punk fanzines, comic books and traditional American tattoo art.

“You blend all those together and you get Secret Industries: simple illustrations, bold outlines, strong typography, bright colours, repeat patterns and dirty textures.”

Pink is the obvious feature of this new gin release, with the two business working together to create a piece of artwork that would represent not only the botanicals used but also the colour of the liquid.

Tim said: “We really wanted to highlight the fact that this was going to be Fairham’ s first coloured gin, so most of my design decisions were made with that in mind. I actually love working with a colour like pink, there’s an opportunity to do something really bold and loud.

“What I found really rewarding was that Ellis and Liam were insistent that it should feel like a piece of Secret Industries artwork: their bottle just happened to be the canvas.”

Limited Edition Vol.2 is the second limited release by Fairham Distillery, following on from their
collaboration on Limited Edition Vol.1 with Penwortham-based illustrator Georgia-Maia in 2022.

Read more: Sharing the joy! We meet the Penwortham based illustrator creating beautiful digital designs

Ellis said: “Our limited range is just as exciting for us as it is for our customers. As well as pushing ourselves out of the comfort zone of our core range, we love the process of looking for and working with different artists.

“It’s an extremely creative way to mix two types of businesses together and it was a joy to see Tim perfectly create a design dedicated to Limited Edition Vol.2.”

To find out more about the two businesses visit the Fairham Distillery website and Secret Industries website.

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