penwortham and proud – a festive collaboration

Georgia-Maia Illustration Chocolate Orange Gin Penwortham Lancashire

Penwortham-based Fairham Gin and Georgia-Maia Illustrations have teamed up to create an extra-special festive gin release.

Ellis McKeown and Liam Stemson, owners and distillers at Fairham Gin, have launched Limited Edition Vol.1, their expression of a chocolate orange gin, which is a first-of-its-kind for the Penwortham distillery. Ellis says, “We’ve gone a whole year without a new release, so we wanted to make an extra-special festive Edition. Vol.1 forms part of our Limited Edition range which we see as the perfect opportunity to partner with talented artists to design a bottle that is memorable and collectable each time.”

Lancashire artist designs Penwortham distillery artwork
Ellis, Georgia & Liam

For their 2022 limited release, Fairham Gin have collaborated with Penwortham-based illustrator, Georgia-Maia, whose work is based on colours and textures, capturing the everyday in her own unique style.

“I’ve always been passionate about drawing and learning new crafts. Illustration for me, is a way to manage my mental health and well-being whilst creating something that brings joy to others.” Says Georgia-Maia. This partnership sees two Penwortham-based businesses join forces, Ellis says, “For our first Limited Edition release we knew we wanted to partner with a local artist. Georgia-Maia’s work instantly caught our eye and it’s great to promote Penwortham and its creativity in this collaboration. Our goal has always been to put Penwortham on the gin map and we’re very proud to highlight our home town in this kind of way.”

Georgia-Maia Illustrations

Georgia-Maia has lived in Penwortham from a young age and reflects on what the town means to her. “I love walking through Penwortham and bumping into people who have helped shape my life, be that old friends to primary school teachers. I’m a home bird for sure and to me that home is Penwortham.”

She continues, “Working with other local independents is a real joy. Meeting new people and helping put Preston on the map is amazing, it’s such an exciting time for Lancashire and the community is thriving with creatives! Working with Fairham Gin has been so exciting for me and to see my work on a product is actually mind boggling!”

“It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with such a talented artist and if you look closely, there’s a lot of the elements in the image which go into the making of this chocolate, orange and spiced gin.” Says Liam.

Georgia-Maia’s artwork depicts the chocolate orange gin world of the Fairham Gin 2022 limited release. Ellis and Liam have taken their award-winning Ochre Edition recipe and re-worked it to perfectly infuse silky layers of chocolate. Liam, a lover of chocolate infused gins, says “It’s been a goal of mine to add a chocolate infused  gin to our line-up, and with Limited Edition Vol.1 we have perfectly balanced roasted cacao nibs with authentic orange and spices to create an indulgent tipple for the festive season.”

The bespoke design and gin won’t be around for long, with the release only being made available for a limited time only. Pre-Order Yours Now Here.

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