Blue Shark Vodka announced retired NFL kicker Connor Barth would aid the label in a national expansion as a spokesperson.

Barth, a Hoggard High grad, played for the University of North Carolina before a 10-year career in the NFL. He was a member of the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. He holds a number of records, including the highest field goal percentage in Buccaneers franchise history.

Blue Shark Vodka is partnering with Connor Barth to take the locally-owned spirit to a wider audience. 

Barth, who lives in Wrightsville Beach, tried the vodka during its debut week. He was out at Blue Shark’s first restaurant account (King Neptune’s) when the bartender suggested trying some.

“I had no idea what to expect trying local vodka for the first time, but I immediately wanted to know more about Blue Shark — it was an incredible first sip. That was July 2019, and now if a bar doesn’t carry it — I just ask for a beer,” Barth said. “I’m happy to be part of the Blue Shark family and use my platform to introduce the rest of the country to Wrightsville Beach and it’s amazing vodka.”

Barth joins two other famous names that have celebrated Wilmington’s flagship spirit. World-renowned ocean mural artist Wyland designed a limited-edition label for Blue Shark with proceeds benefiting shark research and ocean conservation. The bottle sold out in three days.

In 2020, one of the world’s leading cocktail experts, Dale Degroff released his newest cocktail recipe book, “The New Craft of the Cocktail” naming Blue Shark Vodka in 12 of the recipes.

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