About Us

People Ask; “What do you do?”

You could say we are passionate sausage makers who Craft specialty sausages from authentic German recipes.

You could also say that we care deeply about our sausages.  This is expressed daily in the ways we choose to create these products; Small batch production, real hickory wood smoke, buying only the freshest meat, never frozen, and hand mixed spices.

We can say that we never compromise on the art of sausage making.  No short cuts. No cheapening tricks.

No fillers.  No stockpiling!  Just our very best sausages. Made fresh!  Sold Fresh.

Since 1965.  The last, the largest, independent standing in Cincinnati.

As our founder and president Elmer J. Hensler always said; “We do not want to be the biggest, just the best!”


Elmer Hensler founded Queen City Sausage not far from the Cincinnati banks of the Ohio River in 1965. As one of nine children, he went to work at a very young age, and quickly found his passion in meat. By the time he partnered with Alois Stadler, the very best “spice man” in the city, Elmer had already invested over 20 years in learning every aspect of the meat business. When shortly thereafter the pair was joined by renowned master sausage-maker George Nagel, the tradition of small-batch, craft sausage-making was introduced to Cincinnati as Queen City Sausage. At this very point in Queen City Sausage history - the beginning - Elmer started building the like-minded team of craft-sausage creators that would allow him to breathe life into his personal passion and grow his business most respectfully. He invested his time and experience and all of his trust into a hand-selected collection of individuals who would ultimately become an extension of his family. Over the years and throughout the building of the craft-sausage workshop that is Queen City Sausage, Elmer has remained mindful and quite proud of the loyalty, craftsmanship, and retention of his Queen City team.


Elmer’s commitment to superior products, quality ingredients, a masterful workforce, and blue-chip customer service has resulted in legions of loyal Queen City Sausage fans. In fact, the business has expanded ten times since 1965. To satisfy the consumer’s demand, the campus has grown over and over again, every time advancing in cutting-edge equipment and processes. Unchanged, however, are the original German sausage recipes, the lean cuts of pork and beef that fill each link of sausage, and the particular blend of spices hand-mixed every single day. More than 45 years later, Elmer remains the president of Queen City Sausage. In fact, on any given day he may still be found hard at work at the historic West End shop that started it all, among the craftspeople who are his family. Elmer keeps uncompromising standards of quality – standards that have made Queen City Sausage the best-selling producer of brats and metts in the region – and quite clearly states, “I don’t want to be the biggest, just the best.”

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Top Selling Products

Smoked Sausage (Mettwurst)

Our number one product!

Hot Smoked Sausage (Mettwurst)

Just the right amount of spice! 


Cincinnati white style with a dash of parsley.


Premium product. Treasured recipe!

Zebra Pack Brats & Metts

Enjoy the best of both flavors in one package.


From original to garlic. All meat. No fillers.

Deli Loaves

Still made the old fashioned way. All meat! No fillers.

Hams & Roast Beef

Premium products. Great for sandwiches!

Cottage Hams

Are great for seasoning too!

Official Bratwurst and Mettwurst of

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