Beer tech inventor found dead in baseball stadium's beer cooler

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2018

General view of SunTrust Park during a rain delay before a game between the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Keeling, a Minnesota investor, worked overnight to install his creation: the QuickDraw Faucet, which cuts the amount of time it takes to pour beer.

Officials from the Cobb County Medical Examiner told The Post that Keeling's autopsy had been completed, but said a cause and manner of death is still pending additional testing.

"It's tragic, but Todd died doing what he loved most, installing his invention the QuickDraw faucet, and making a positive change in how draft beer is served". Fran Kuchta, Keeling's aunt, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that police told relatives Keeling couldn't escape a cooler behind a concession area in Section 331. According to US patent records, Keeling filed for a patent in November 2014 for "a new nozzle for a beer valve tap and a new foamless beer tap dispensing system". He worked hard to do this.

"This is his dream since he was a kid..." " ... I'm sure things would have gone further".

She said police told the family that Keeling had gotten stuck inside the walk-in beer cooler and was unable to get out, the newspaper reported.

Sarah O'Hara, public information officer for Cobb County, said the space where Keeling was found doesn't go below 40 degrees, USA Today reported.

It was around 3 p.m. Tuesday as coworkers set up for the evening's game between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds that they discovered the body of 48-year-old Todd Keeling inside the cooler. Braves management declined to comment and referred all questions to police.

Kutcha believes that her nephew was there to finish up the installation, having been assisted by his two teenage sons earlier in the week.

In a story written by Brasch and published Monday, the company which manages food and beverage service at SunTrust Park said that the Draftwell taps installed at the Minnesota Twins' Target Field increased keg yield from 87 to 94 percent.

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