Music City Meets Munich: Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House

Von Elrod’s Beer Garden and Sausage House launched with a bang, opening during 2017 Nashville Oktoberfest in Germantown, cranking out German food and beer en masse.

With a selection of expertly crafted sausages, featuring a variety of different meats and even a Vegan offering, Von Elrod’s seeks to fill a void in the Music City dining scene.

Appropriately placed in Germantown, right beside the Nashville Sounds Stadium (hello game-day), Von Elrod’s was inspired by one man’s trip to Oktoberfest in Munich nearly 20 years ago. Owner Austin (Elrod) Ray visited Germany as a college grad, and fell in love with the overall atmosphere, the food, and, yes, the beer.

Ray poured years of research into launching his latest venture, a partnership with Chef Jason Brumm. The two had been friends and peers in the Nashville restaurant scene for a number of years, and Von Elrod’s was officially born one evening at Ray’s home over a couple of beers, when Brumm noted a sausage cookbook on the table. He said he had the same cookbook at home. The rest, you can see, is history, since two dreams collided over a pilsner.

Brumm is now the “Chief Sausage Officer” at Von Elrod’s, cranking out expertly crafted recipes using responsibly sourced meats and fresh flavors.

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