Hi. My name is Garrett Bredenkamp, and I’m the inventor and founder of The Keg Koozy. I get questions all the time asking about how the Keg Koozy came to be. So, here you have the definitive Keg Koozy story. Hope you enjoy.The idea for the Keg Koozy first happened in 2004 while I was in school at Virginia Tech. My friend Mike Perry and I were discussing what a pain it was to deal with ice/tubs when we bought kegs. We wondered if it would be possible to create a giant “koozie” to go around the keg and keep it cold without ice. It took 5 years, but that idea eventually became The Keg Koozy.

Keg Koozy Initial Concept

The original sketch of The Keg Koozy

In summer 2009, I was living in San Diego and attempting (not well) to surf. As I was putting on my wetsuit, I wondered if neoprene kept a surfer warm, could it keep a keg cold? I set off to find out. I purchased 3 used wetsuits and attempted to fashion the very first Keg Koozy.

The first Keg Koozy "prototype"

The first Keg Koozy "prototype"

After constructing the prototype (term used loosely), I needed to see if it would actually work. So I found kegs and put it to the test (unfortunately, for cost and sobriety considerations, I was forced to use cooled water in the kegs as opposed to beer). I ran repeated tests using water cooled to 38º and varying thicknesses of neoprene to see how long the beer would stay cold and what thickness worked best.

At the Keg Koozy labs, 2009

At the Keg Koozy labs, 2009

It turns out Mike and I were right back in college after all – you really could keep an entire keg cold without the hassle of ice and tubs. Since that first wetsuit protoype in my backyard in San Deigo, I’ve sold Koozy’s to individuals all over the country, made countless custom orders for the likes of Goose Island Brewing Company and others, been featured at the Great American Beer Festival, worked with students on college campuses all over the US, drank my fair share of keg beer (testing of course), and had a lot of fun. Recently, with the help from many in the homebrewing community, we’ve also discovered that the Keg Koozy works amazingly well as a mashtun insulator. Who knew?

The Keg Koozy makes a great gift/dress

The Keg Koozy makes a great gift/dress

That's me, second from right

That's me, second from right

No explanation needed

No explanation needed

Through our history there have been so many individuals who have given their time or talents to help make it a success, oftentimes unpaid. To those people, and you know you who are, I am very grateful. The Keg Koozy team is now a virtually connected group of marketers, designers, and manufacturers and we’re always looking for additional talent. Specifically web layout/graphic designers and social media marketers. Let me know if you are interested in any way.

If you’d like to contact me for any reason with questions, comments, thoughts, criticisms, ideas, whatever… don’t hesitate to do so: Garrett@thekegkoozy.com. Also follow us on twitter: @KegKoozy – We promise never to tweet something that won’t make you laugh out loud.

Cheers, and enjoy that cold beer.

-Garrett

PS – You’ve made it this far, go ahead and buy one. It’ll work, I promise. And if you don’t like it, I’ll pay you back 110%. Seriously

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