Blue Shark Announces National Expansion

Blue Shark Vodka family representing in t-shirt merchandise

Blue Shark Announces National Expansion

Blue Shark Vodka will be a national spirit in 2021 after a successful first year in North Carolina.

Wilmington’s flagship distillery, Blue Shark Vodka, announced it claimed six international medals in its first year of production, including a Platinum SIP Award. 

Now the family behind Blue Shark Vodka is eyeing a national expansion.

Since it began distilling last summer, the demand for Blue Shark grew exponentially and in one year, it is currently available across all North Carolina counties, sold exclusively in ABC stores. Now the locally-owned business is gearing up for a national expansion.

“We are thrilled to take Blue Shark Vodka beyond North Carolina with the hopes of being a national brand by 2021,” said co-founder Mark Bloomquist. “We had a wildly successful first year — a Platinum SIP Award medal, we sold out our special edition Wyland artist bottle in mere days and we have fans across the state. Now it is time for the rest of the country to see North Carolina has The World’s Smoothest Vodka.”

Blue Shark Vodka was awarded a Platinum Medal for international vodka at the 2020 SIP Awards, recognizing the spirit as one of the leading vodkas in its class. 

In addition, the label earned a Double Gold Medal for Package Design and the coveted Innovation Award at the SIP Awards. The SIP Award competition is the sole internationally-recognized consumer judging spirits competition, making it truly unaffected by industry bias. 

The label also nabbed a Silver Medal at the New York International Spirits Competition; Silver Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition; and Silver Medal in the Bartender’s Spirits Awards.