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

Todd Keeling, 48, reported to be the inventor of a tap that reduces beer pouring time, was found dead inside a beer cooler in the SunTrust Park stadium in Georgia having reportedly been finishing off an installation.

SunTrust Park stadium. Photo: Wiki

Cobb County police confirmed that the 48-year-old father of four had been found dead inside a walk-in beer cooler on Tuesday (26 June), having been discovered by a co-worker.

Keeling, from Minnesota, was reportedly in Atlanta to install his beer technology in the stadium. A post-mortem was performed yesterday (27 June) but the findings have not yet been reported.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Keeling had developed a new technology called Draftwell, patented in 2014, which reduces CO2 loss and wastage and was intended to cut SunTrust’s beer pouring time from 14 seconds down to five.

Keeling’s aunt, Fran Kuchta, who spoke to the publication, said that the family had been told that he’d entered the cooler and then couldn’t get out.

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

The Atlanta Braves, who play in the stadium, said in a statement: “The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the passing of Todd Keeling. We admired the passion he had for both his company and his product. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family”.

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