Experience Oktoberfest at Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House
Germantown beer garden and restaurant to open in time for Nashville’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest
August 24, 2017 – While an official opening date is not yet announced, Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House will be open in time to offer two distinct Oktoberfest experiences, announces Austin Ray, owner.
The 38th annual Nashville Oktoberfest, October 5-8, will cover multiple city blocks including Jefferson Street and the intersection of 4th Ave N and Junior Gilliam Way where Von Elrod’s sits. Von Elrod’s will offer two options for guests during the festival:
- Reserved seatings in the Main Beer Hall & Covered Patio (ticket required)
- The open-air beer garden will be tented for festival-style service, first come first served, during the entire Oktoberfest weekend (21+)
“We have several large spaces in this restaurant, and two great ways to enjoy them during the festival,” said Ray. “Guests can purchase tickets for one of several reserved seatings for a curated Oktoberfest celebration in the restaurant, or they can drop by the beer garden anytime to grab a sausage, a beer, and a seat. Either way, people can expect to have a great time and interact with Von Elrod’s as well as the main festival itself.”
Option one is an Oktoberfest experience based on the original festival in Germany, where guests may purchase tickets for reserved seatings inside the beer hall or on the covered patio. There are eight different seating times throughout the weekend. Seatings are Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, during set hours. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 25, at 12 p.m.
Tickets include Von Elrod’s famous hand-cranked sausages, house-baked pretzels, and traditional Oktoberfest fare, sides and sweets, served buffet-style, a commemorative Von Elrod’s Oktoberfest Stein to keep, reserved seating, entertainment, contests and games, air conditioning and access to restrooms away from the crowds. Sunday includes Von Elrod’s brunch selections and live, New Orleans-style brass band music by Half Brass.
Tickets are $62.50 per person on Friday and Saturday, and $67.50 per person on Sunday. An all-ages time block is available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 7, and tickets for children 12 & under are available for $35 per person. All other festival activities are 21+.
Full details on tickets, time slots, menus, and venue information are available on the Von Elrod’s website.
Option two is access to the open-air beer garden, which includes tented, communal-style seating (first come, first served basis), hand-cranked sausages and beer for sale, and additional bathrooms, all open to the public for the entire Oktoberfest weekend. The beer garden will be 21+ for the duration of Oktoberfest.
Beer garden hours during Oktoberfest are October 5, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.; October 6, 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.; October 7, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.; October 8, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
“For people who want to drop in and explore Von Elrod’s or try our sausage, the beer garden is a great option,” said Ray.
Von Elrod’s will be open for regular service by Oktoberfest weekend, but an official date is not yet announced. The menu at Von Elrod’s will feature an array of hand-cranked sausages, housemade, fresh-baked pretzels, rotisserie chicken, Belgian fries with a variety of sauces, and big, delicious salads. The bar will feature 36 beers on tap, with focus on American Craft, German, and Belgian beer, plus housemade frozen drinks, wine on tap, and an in-house shandy program.
“We want our guests who may be visiting us for the first time during Oktoberfest, Von Elrod’s is not an old-world place, and you won’t find an Oktoberfest party here again until next year. The key components of classic beer gardens are here though: communal seating, great patio space, beer, sausage, and more; but our restaurant, service, and variety of inventive food are far from old-world.”
Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House is the first and only concept to bring all the classic elements of a beer garden into today’s Nashville restaurant market. For news about the opening date, visit www.vonelrods.com.
Von Elrod’s is owned and operated by Austin Ray & A.Ray Hospitality. Jason Brumm is chef/partner. Trailblazer Station Investment Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of the Blackbird Companies, is a partner on the project. A.Ray Hospitality is a Nashville-based hospitality group that owns and operates local restaurants M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, The Sutler, and newly reopened Melrose Billiard Parlor. For more information, visit www.arayhospitality.com.