Our Story

OUR LOVE FOR BEER GARDENS started in 2001, when our founder Austin Elrod Ray visited Oktoberfest in Munich as a recent college graduate. Between the lively and familial atmosphere, the incredible food–and of course the beer, he was hooked.

Fast-forward many beer garden visits later to 2016. Austin and Jason Brumm–friends and restaurant industry peers for 15 years–had an epiphany over a beer at Austin’s home. Jason noticed a sausage cookbook in Austin’s kitchen–it was the same one he had been reading at home. At that moment, they knew Austin’s long-desired beer garden concept would be paired with Jason’s dream of a butchery and fresh sausage program.

Jason is now Von Elrod’s “Chief Sausage Officer”, our expert in hand-cranked, fresh sausages featuring quality cuts of meat from trusted suppliers. Fresh herbs, bold flavors, and live-fire cooking make our sausages stand out from any we’ve ever tried. Pair that with a stein of world-class beer from 36 taps, and you will experience the pure joy of beer and sausage Von Elrod’s is known for.

Although the roots of Von Elrod’s are in Germany, we’re not an old-world place. The key components of age-old beer gardens are here, but our design, inventive food and beer selections, and passion for hospitality are far from old-world. Cheers!