Von Elrod’s Opening ~ and a giveaway!
In last week’s October Happenings post, I mentioned the opening of Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House and their plans for Oktoberfest, with a promise for more details to come. Well, here I am with more details!
First things first. While there are events planned for Oktoberfest at the restaurant, the “official” opening date is next Wednesday, October 11th. So, if you’re not interested in navigating the crowds in Germantown this weekend, you don’t have to wait long before you can drop into the new place and check it out.
And believe me, there’s a lot to check out. Partners Austin Ray of A.Ray Hospitality (M.L. Rose, Sutler) and Chef Jason Brumm (former chef owner of Radius 10 – one of my favorites! Who remembers it?) have combined their love of beer and sausage and brought Nashville the first true beer garden concept. Housed in a historic building across from First Tennessee park that once served as the bus depot Trailblazer Station, Von Elrod’s has 500 seats spread throughout a full service dining room, covered patio, and beer garden.
Von Elrod’s Chef Jason Brumm
Photo credit: Hannah Schneider Creative
They’ll be cranking out 15 fresh, house-made sausages with the whole process on display through a window on the main dining room. All of the sausages, made with meat from local and regional suppliers, will be cooked over hardwood charcoal fire, then topped with creative toppings.
And this is where they got me. Toppings, sauces, and dips are my jam. You know I’m all about some bold, inventive flavors, and you’ll find that here. Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to sample several menu items from Von Elrod’s at special events and tastings, and been impressed with every single thing I’ve tried. Even the hot dog! Seriously, you’ve never had a hot dog like this.
Not a sausage fan? Never fear. You’ll also find rotisserie chicken, deviled eggs (!), salads, Belgian fries, and fresh-baked pretzels on the menu. Oh, and for those pretzels, take my advice and slather on that magic butter. And the cheese. You can thank me later.
And last, but certainly not least – the booze! Von Elrod’s has 36 beers and six wines on tap, two rotating frozen cocktails, and a shandy program featuring housemade lemonades. Basically, they’ve gotcha covered.
Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House
1004 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
Photo credit: Hannah Schneider Creative
Now about that Oktoberfest event. This past weekend they actually ended ticket presales because they want to allow for a number of walk-ins in the dining room. These will be available on a first come, first served basis, so arriving early is encouraged. For more information on the event, you can see my blog post from last week, or visit Von Elrod’s website.
But- guess what? Because I’m so excited about this opening, my friends at Von Elrod’s have been kind enough to provide 2 Tickets to any seating on Friday or Saturday of Okotoberfest to one of my awesome readers! As a reminder, here is what is included with a ticket:
– Reserved seating at large communal-style tables or bar seats during your selected seating time
– Von Elrod’s sausages, house-baked pretzels, traditional Oktoberfest fare, sides and sweets, served buffet-style
– A commemorative Von Elrod’s Oktoberfest stein
– Entertainment, songs, contests, and games
– Dedicated service staff
– Air conditioning and bathrooms away from the crowds!
The Winner is….
Note: You must be 21 to enter. To enter, all you have to do is this:
1. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite sausage, beer, or beer hall. Of course, I’m sure Von Elrod’s will surpass this memory soon, but for now we’ll call it your favorite ;-)
For an additional entry, you can do the following:
2. Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win 2 tickets to this weekend’s @vonelrods Oktoberfest party from @betheats! http://bit.ly/2xd9nFY” (or at least something close to that directing people here), then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.
Contest ends on Wednesday, October 4th at 11:59 pm. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 24 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!
Really any beer hall in Munich! Doesn’t get more authentic than that!
I wouldn’t necessarily call it a beer hall but they do have great beer & brats but my favorite place is Ol Heidelberg in Huntsville, AL. It has been around since the early 80’s & it’s authentic German food!
I also posted on Twitter! My handle is twitter.com/ryannecody
Hofbrauhaus is my favorite beer hall! Every location I have been to, has held a special memory for me with people who love a good whitbier as much as I do :) Looking forward to Von Elrod opening next week!!!
Chattanooga brewhaus has great sausages and schnitzel!
My favorite sausage and beer hall is Hofbräuhaus Newport in Newport, KY. Made a visit there while visiting Cincinnati for a baseball game. Nothing like hanging out there during the day before a nice night game in Cincy!
Posted the contest entry to twitter as well https://twitter.com/Mr_MacDougall/status/915210797730721792
Just got back from Germany on Sunday and went to Fruh am Dom! They give you beer, regardless, as soon as you enter. And had wonderful bratwurst and I even was daring enough to try the blood sausage. Highly recommend going there if you’re in Cologne, Germany!
Just tweeted about this awesome giveaway too!! Thanks so much!
The best beer hall? Hands down The Berghoff Restaurant in Chicago.
I would love to experience my first German beer hall at Von Elrod’s!!
There’s a place in Florida that has a great German beer selection and German style pretzels.
My favorite beer hall is any beer hall in Munich, Germany. I lived in Bavaria for a year and it really is a magical place. I love all German beers especially a good hefeweizen and a curry wurst sausage! I’m excited for Nashville to get a place like Von Elrod’s!
I’m a bratwurst gal. Not much of a saurkraut fan. So I’m always a little bummed when it’s cooked in saurkraut instead of cooked in beer and then grilled! And I’m waiting to discover my favorite beer hall!!!!!
Just tweeted out the link to the contest and also I’m a long time follower of yours!! :)
Hofbräuhaus, but I think I’m going to LOVE Von Elrod’s!
I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite beer and I’d never been to a proper beer hall until last night, so my favorite sausage is Esane Sausage from Thai Esane. LOL.
Schmidts in Columbus Ohio is pretty solid.
Oooh, I love the idea of beer halls, but have only been to Hofrbrahaus. What I also love more is the combination of sausages and beer! Loved going to beer gardens in Prague where you could grab any type of sausage, throw it on a board, add some sauce and wash it down with a cold pivo
I had an excellent sausage at The Pharmacy! ( the curried one!!) also Butchertown Hall never fails.
I also tweeted
Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall in Boston (where I’m originally from). My best friend is coming to Nash this weekend and we’re so excited to bop around Germantown / Oktoberfest!!
I have never been to a beer and sausage hall, but I would LOVE the opportunity to try Von Elrod’s for my first experience!