Chief Dreamer, Dr. Joe Berger, has had a passion --and talent-- for hand-crafting beer for more than 20 years. His home brews have won countless awards and taste contests, and now his spirits are winning them, too.
His brewing talents and quest for perfection have transferred well to the micro-distilling business, and in March of 2014, with the help of his family and friends, his 11,000 square foot facility was welcomed with open arms by the community.
The visionary leader and driving force of the company hopes his products will "bring Paradise to you, whereever you may be," and reminds people to make the best of whereever they are at in their lives right now.
We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends
Of course, Dr. Berger couldn't do it alone. Support from family and friends has been key to the success of Paradise thus far.
The eldest three of his five children, Alex, Zack and Nick, have helped tremendously along the way.
Twenty-year-old Nickolas could be considered his father's right hand man when it comes to day-to-day operations, greeting customers, and producing rum. His brother, Zack, also assists at Paradise on the weekends and during breaks from Iowa State University. Zack's twin sister, Alex, helps with marketing and communications from the East Coast, and when she returns for visits.
And finally, Dr. Berger's longtime friend and brew-buddy, Greg Olson, has provided unwavering support with everything from setting up and designing the stills to production and taste testing, and helping to get the word out.
Credit is also owed to our volunteers, bottlers, the community of Dubuque for being so supportive, and anyone who has helped along the way. THANK YOU for helping us bring Paradise to you!