Von Elrod's offers German beer hall-feel in a Nashville setting – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Alison Woods pours a beer at the Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville.(Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)


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Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House on the edge of Nashville’s historic Germantown bills itself as offering “all the ingredients of a German beer hall, but a Nashville place.”

“There’s lot of people who kind of toss around the beer garden word, but this is what full commitment to the beer garden concept looks like,” said restaurateur Austin Ray, who also owns M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers and other restaurants.

Von Elrod’s, 1004 Fourth Ave. N., offers 36 beers on tap, including American craft, German and Belgian brands, plus iced coffee and wines. The menu will include 15 hand-cranked sausages all made in-house and cooked over a hardwood charcoal fire, along with house-baked pretzels and rotisserie chicken.

The place opened during the nation’s second largest Oktoberfest.

Ray traces genesis of Von Elrod’s to his experience fresh out of college at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. His history in Nashville’s Germantown predates that trip with Ray recalling spending summers when home from college in 1999 and 2000 working in the kitchen at the former Mad Platter restaurant.

Now with Von Elrod’s, Ray and his partners that also include Blackbird Cos.’s Trailblazer Station Investment Partners LLC subsidiary look to ride growth in one of Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods. 

 “We would’ve done this project here without First Tennessee Park,” Ray said about the ballpark that’s home to the Nashville Sounds baseball team and sits just across the street. “We feel that strongly about the neighborhood and that every neighborhood needs a great place to stroll down to and enjoy a beer in a very casual setting on a great patio. Our No. 1 mission is

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