ABOUT US:

Blue Sky Distillery is located in Smithfield, VA. The company is co-located with the Spring Lake Bottled Water Co. within the Isle of Wight Industrial Park in Isle of Wight County.  Blue Sky Distillery is owned and operated by Mark and Kim Rangos.  Mark and Kim are originally from Wellsburg WV and moved to the Carrollton VA area in 2010.  

 

Mark's family has been in the alcohol business for many decades.  His grandfather opened a bar in the 1950's in West Virginia.  The bar was passed down from his grandfather to his mother; then to his sisters; and is still in operation today.  Mark's father opened a winemaking and beermaking supply shop when he retired in the 1990's.  The business was recently passed on to his nephew, where he continues to sell winemaking and beermaking supplies in West Virginia.

With more than 20 years in various management capacities with manufacturers of construction equipment, Mark has always wanted to produce a product of his own.  With the natural influence of the alcohol business in his family background, Mark developed ambitions to start a microdistillery.  Mark founded Blue Sky Distillery in 2016 and began production of spirits early in 2017.  

Blue Sky Distillery is the first distillery in the state of Virginia to become a certified Virginia Green partner.  This certification is an active commitment to minimize the environmental impact of our company.

AWARDS

2021 - Dog Star Vodka: Good Food Award Winner

2021 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Gold Award - Best Distillery for Rum

2021 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Gold Award - Best Distillery for Vodka

2021 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Gold Award - Best Distillery for Tours

2021 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Silver Award - Best Distillery Overall

2021 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Silver Award - Best Master Distiller

2020 - Dog Star Vodka:  Gold Medal in the East Coast Craft Spirits Competition

2020 - Flying Dragon Spiced Rum:  Gold Medal in the East Coast Craft Spirits Competition

2020 - Painted Pig Smoked Bacon Maple Whiskey: Silver Medal USA Spirits Rating International Competition

2020 - Flying Dragon Spiced Rum: Bronze Medal USA Spirits Rating International Competition

2020 - Coastal Virginia Magazine Readers Award:  Overall Gold Award - Best Distillery

2020 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Gold Award - Best Distillery Tasting Room

2020 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Gold Award - Best Distillery for Rum

2020 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Silver Award - Best Distillery for Tours

2020 - Savor Virginia Magazine Readers Award: Bronze Award - Best Distillery Overall

2019 - Coastal Virginia Magazine Readers Award:  Gold Award - Best Southside Distillery

2019 - Virginia Living Magazine Readers Award:  Best Distillery in Eastern VA.

2018 - Coastal Virginia Magazine Readers Award:  Overall Gold Award - Best Distillery

2018 - Virginia Living Magazine Readers Award:  Best Distillery in Eastern VA.

2018 - Blackbeard's Point Rum:  Silver Medal in the Great American International Spirits Competition

2018 - Dog Star Vodka: Bronze Medal in the Great American International Spirits Competition

2018 - Drink Magazine: Top Beverage Producer in Virginia for Rum