Our Story

Our Story

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

Today, Von Elrod’s is committed to bringing the old-world practices of quality ingredients, traditional cooking methods, and genuine hospitality to a modern-day Nashville beer hall and kitchen. We specialize in fresh sausages and meats from our butcher room, pretzels twisted and baked in-house, and live-fire cooking. Enjoy these with a stein of world-class beer and you will experience the uninhibited joy of food, beer and camaraderie that Von Elrod’s is known for.


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.

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, 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, crispy fries, entrees, and even salads that are great for groups can feed any sports crowd you bring.

On Fridays, 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, pretzel monkey bread, and a variety of freshly baked items while cheering on your favorite SEC football or NFL football team. Our large group seating is perfect 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 our food to go 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 and pulled pork you can find. We can pack it all up with sides, buns, and everything you need for a sports tailgating experience.


Weekend Brunch

We take brunch seriously at Von Elrod’s Beer Hall. Freshly made in-house breakfast sausage, chicken maple sausage, and beef brisket make Von Elrod’s brunch stand out from the crowd. Wake up to freshly baked pretzel monkey bread, sausage balls, or pretzels with warm beer cheese fresh from our in-house bakery. Feed everyone in your group with savory brunch dishes like eggs to order, breakfast burritos, hashbrown casserole, 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. Enjoy brunch on the 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. We’re serving up brunch on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am-2pm.