Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House is Germantown’s new, laid-back beer garden and restaurant specializing in brews and house-made sausages. Austin Ray, president and founder of A. Ray Hospitality (known for M.L. Rose and The Sutler), and Jason Brumm, partner and chef, are the duo behind the already-popular spot, which officially opened on October 11, 2017. Trailblazer Station Investment Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of the Blackbird Companies, is also a partner on the project. Nashville Guru got a look inside the completed space.
Von Elrod’s is housed in Trailblazer Station, an old bus depot building, which was revitalized for the concept. The interior is massive, featuring an open floor plan, exposed ceilings, and a sprawling bar. Community tables and bar seating are the only options, but there are plenty of seats in the house. Nashville-centric murals decorate most of the walls, and large chandeliers hang overhead.
Von Elrod’s has two exterior spaces — the covered patio and the beer garden. The covered patio has heaters and fans, making it suitable for year-round enjoyment. The open-air beer garden is usually only open on weekends when the weather is nice. While sipping out of huge steins, guests can also enjoy a round of corn hole or attempt a game of Hammerschlagen, where participants try to drive nails into a stump with the wedge side of a machinist hammer.
The menu revolves around hand-cranked sausages made in-house, but there’s plenty more, including snacks (try the fried cheese curds), Belgian fries, poutines, hot dogs, salads, and rotisserie chicken. You won’t go thirsty either — there are 36 beers on draft, a few wines on tap, frozen cocktails, house shandies, and a variety of other beverages. Make sure to check out their Sunday brunch and happy hours, too.
- Address: 1004 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219 (map)
- Phone: (615) 866-1620
Monday – Wednesday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm – Midnight
Friday: 11:00am – 1:00am
Saturday: 10:00am – Midnight (Brunch 10:00am – 3:00pm)
Sunday: 10:00am – 9:00pm (Brunch 10:00am – 3:00pm)
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“This is about beer and sausage in a fun beer garden setting. You won’t find a fancy cocktail program here. It’s a classic beer hall idea brought into today’s Nashville,” said Ray. “We’re going for a true beer garden feel, building on the history and fabric of Germantown and centuries of beer gardens before it. I’ve had this concept in mind for more than a decade, and when I stepped into this building – originally looking at it for a possible M.L.Rose location – I knew Von Elrod’s was the right project to build here.”