Our Story

Our Story

OUR LOVE FOR CELEBRATING with steins of beer started in 2001, when our founder Austin Elrod Ray visited Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Between the lively atmosphere, the incredible food, and of course the beer, he was hooked.

15 years later, Austin and Jason Brumm — a long-time friend and restaurant industry peer — shared an epiphany over a beer. Jason noticed a butchery and sausage cookbook in Austin’s kitchen — which happened to be the same one he had been reading at home. At that moment, they knew Austin’s long-desired beer hall concept would pair perfectly with Jason’s dream of opening a restaurant with a true butchery inside.

Von Elrod’s Beer Hall is committed to bringing old-world practices that utilize quality ingredients, traditional cooking and genuine hospitality to a modern-day Nashville beer hall and kitchen. We specialize in fresh meats and sausages featuring superior cuts from trusted suppliers. Between bold flavors, live-fire cooking, and an in-house wood smoker, our meats and sausages stand out from any we’ve ever tried. Pair that with a stein of world-class beer from one of our 36 taps, and we guarantee you will experience the uninhibited joy of food, beer and camaraderie that Von Elrod’s is known for. Cheers!


Von Elrod’s Southern Barbecue

Von Elrod’s Beer Hall carries on the tradition of smoked meats and Tennessee BBQ that began over a century ago in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, TN. German residents who settled in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville brought with them the tradition of butchery and smoked meats that spans centuries. Within blocks of our location, Nashville’s original salt-lick and stockyard supplied cuts of beef and pork to family-owned butcher shops, meat suppliers, and barbecue restaurants that honored a generations-old tradition of natural, farm-raised smoked meats and BBQ in Tennessee.

Today, Von Elrod’s sources the very best cuts of beef, pork, and chicken from suppliers we know and farms we have visited for our BBQ program. Home Place Pastures brings the pork butts, ribs, and shoulders for our world-class pulled pork BBQ and sausages, the beef for our tender barbecue brisket comes from caring suppliers like Creekstone Farms, who raise animals in a humane, healthy, and sustainable way. All of our chicken or turkey for barbecue and chicken sausages is sustainably raised without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics.

To carry on the tradition of butchery and barbecue in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, we have invested in mastering the time-honored craft of butchery in our own butcher room, where fresh pork butts and brisket are prepared for the smoker for BBQ, and fresh and smoked sausages are hand-cranked and prepared for the natural wood smoker or wood grill. Come see the butcher room for yourself, visible right from the beer hall dining room. We love for our guests to see where the sausage is made! Our best-in-class Little Red Smokehouse smoker, and oak and hickory wood grill turn out pulled pork barbecue, BBQ brisket, smoked sausages and wood-grilled fresh sausages, and mouth-watering Tennessee BBQ ribs.


Sports Bar & Beer Hall

We love our sports at Von Elrod’s Beer Hall! Nothing goes better with watching sports than a big stein of American Craft beer or world-class German or Belgian beer from our bar and 36 taps. On game day, we come to play. Whether Titans NFL football, Predators NHL hockey, Sounds baseball, or Nashville Soccer, we have you covered. We have large group seating for watching sports, and enough TVs inside the beer hall and outside on the covered patio to make a sports bar experience come alive.

When a beer hall and kitchen acts like a sports bar, you get the best of both worlds. Our smoked meats and barbecue are world-class for watching sports. Pulled pork BBQ, BBQ beef brisket, BBQ ribs, and smoked or fresh grilled bratwurst and sausages go great with the game. Fresh baked German pretzels with beer cheese, loads of snacks and appetizers to share, burgers, bratwursts and sausages, sandwiches, hand-cut fries, entrees, and even big platters that are great for groups can feed any sports crowd you bring.

On Saturdays and Sundays, sports and brunch go hand-in-hand. Start off with Big Ass Mimosa or a cold beer with your brunch, and enjoy egg dishes, hashbrowns, pancakes, pecan sticky buns, and a variety of freshly baked items while cheering on your favorite SEC football or NFL football team. You can now enjoy brunch on Fridays from 10am-2pm at Von Elrod’s too!

Large group seating and group reservations are available for watching your favorite football, hockey, soccer, or baseball sports team live, or pre-gaming for Titans, Predators, Sounds, or Nashville Soccer.

Tailgating off-site at the game? No problem! We offer pickup and drop-off catering to make your sports tailgate unforgettable. We’re not just a beer hall and beer garden, we hand-crank world-class bratwurst and sausages, and smoke the best Southern barbecue brisket, pulled pork, and BBQ ribs you can find. We can pack it all up with sides, buns, and everything you need for a sports tailgating experience.



We take brunch seriously at Von Elrod’s Beer Hall. Freshly made in-house breakfast sausage, chicken maple sausage, Andouille sausage, and beef brisket make Von Elrod’s brunch stand out from the crowd. Wake up to freshly baked pecan sticky buns, sausage balls, or “everything” pretzels with herbed cream cheese fresh from our in-house bakery. Feed everyone in your group with savory brunch dishes like eggs to order, breakfast burritos, custom hashbrowns, or fried chicken and biscuits. Satisfy your sweet tooth at brunch with malted blueberry pancakes and fresh fruit.

Make brunch a party every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the biggest mimosa in the South. We put beer in steins all day, so why not champagne and orange juice at brunch? We call it the Big Ass Mimosa, or B.A.M.s! Our Bloody Marys feature a Southern kick with 3-pepper vodka, house-made slim jims, and homemade pickles. Iced and Nitro coffee are also offered. During the Winter months, our brunch drinks get even more exciting with specialty coffees and hot chocolates. Cool down with iced coffee or nitro coffee at brunch covered patio or out in the beer garden.

Kids love our brunch! Our kids menu and plenty of room to spread out make Von Elrod’s a great place to brunch with the family. Brunch is served on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am-2pm.