An Indiegogo campaign recently launched for the Royal Foundry aims to bring a British Distillery with a cycle speedway in their backyard to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As the crowdfunding campaign says, “Royal Foundry Craft Spirits is a new distillery that will infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor. We will be producing fine spirits made in the classic British tradition using imported grains, botanicals and classic recipes.”

To add to that British charm, the goal is to build traditional British distilling equipment, partner with local food trucks who serve British fare and offer British entertainment like “skittles” (a bar game) or short track cycle racing.

In case you are unfamiliar about short track cycle racing, it takes place on a flat-track and typically pits four riders in a four-lap sprint. The track is clay and short -- the one in Royal Foundry’s backyard will be 70 meters. Racers use single-speed bikes without brakes.

The Royal Foundry will let anyone sign up for a race, with the only stipulations being that you wear a helmet, bring your own bike and sign a waiver. Cycle speedway is relatively unknown in the United States, and Royal Foundry’s hope is that they can tap into the huge bike scene in the Twin Cities by introducing a new style of racing.

Opening this summer, the Royal Foundry will certainly be another reason to make plans to get to the Twin Cities in the warmer months.

A rendering of the Royal Foundry.

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