Von Elrod’s brings wide selection of brats and beer to Germantown

Germantown, near the ballpark: it’s about as ideal a spot for a German-style beer garden and sausage house as you could imagine.

In creating Von Elrod’s, partners Austin Ray and Jason Brumm used that as a jumping-off place. Indeed, Von Elrod’s takes its cues from Old World beer halls.

But under the guidance of Chef Brumm (a.k.a. Chief Sausage Officer) the menu of hand-cranked sausages and dogs bespeaks American melting pot ingenuity.

And the beer, a mammoth on-tap line-up handpicked by Ray, runs the gamut of local and regional craft brews with a few compelling imports.  The place, an old bus depot converted into a sprawling beer hall boasts fun murals of Music City icons (Athena, Minnie Pearl, Godzilla on the L&C Tower, all brandishing beer or sausage), community tables indoors and out and a meld of geselligkeit and Southern hospitality.

Check in at the reception to get your table; the staff is ready to guide you through the menu and take your order.

Our first visit coincided with Big Stein Thursday, meaning half price on every liter stein – 3 p.m. ’til close. So, you gotta, right? Thirty-six selections, and our choices were polar opposites: Wendy loved the creamy bitter dark notes of the Highland Black Mocha Stout (Highland Brewing, Asheville NC) and I, the light citrus tastes of Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefewiezen.

Your arm will get a workout hoisting stein to mouth, and you won’t mind in the least.

With 10 different sausages, five styles of all-beef hot dogs, and all manner of Belgian fries, poutines, pretzels, schnitzels sliders, and creative sides—decisions are hard. We settled on a starter of Montreal poutine, a classic with crisp fries in a pool of beef gravy, cheese curds melting over the top. Whoa. A little salty, but really delicious.

 The Von Elrod is bratwurst at its best—juicy, full-flavored, topped with house-made kraut and caramelized onions, corralled in a fresh baked bun. Give it a squirt of mustard, one of squeeze bottles in the dining table crate that also holds flatware and napkins.

The Angry Bird, assertively spiced chicken sausage gets a cool balance from avocado, buttermilk ranch and sweet corn relish. Sausages come with your choice of a side, and we chose squash casserole, homey and comforting made with parmesan and Ritz crackers, and Stoemp—a tasty mash of potatoes, leeks and cauliflower. Both are very good.

It’s a fun place, offering plenty of reasons to return, beyond the delicious sausages, especially if something hearty is more than you want: Beer and pretzels with mustard, rotisserie chicken, creative brunch selections, even a big salad, for balance.


1004 4TH Avenue North, Nashville TN 37208    615-866-1620   http://VonElrods.com

Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm  Fri-Sat 11am-1am Sun 10am-9pm

Alcohol: Full bar with craft beer emphasis

Food: Upscale sausages, hot dogs, bar food

Cost: Snacks: $4.95-$18.95  Belgian Fries: $4.15-$5.95  Poutines: $5.95-$6.45 Sausages and Hot Dogs: $6.95-$13.45 Salads: $10.95-$11.95 Rotisserie Chicken: $11.95-$13.95 Sides: $4.95 Desserts: $4.95/+$2 a la mode

Parking: on street