Chips and beer: Fort Worth salsa maker joins Rahr Brewing on products

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Everyone knows that beer and salsa go together, right? So this new Fort Worth business venture appears to be a tasty mix.

Southside Salsa Co. is teaming up with Rahr & Son’s Brewing Co. on co-branded products.

This past weekend, Southside Salsa debuted its Ugly Chipugly salsa, a craft beer-inspired concoction with a smoky chipotle flavor that it says compliments the coffee and chocolate undertone of Rahr’s Ugly Pug Black Lager.

Jason Harskjold started the salsa company last year using the salsa recipe from his mother, Nita. Two flavors — Panther City Mild and Hells Half Acre Hot — are sold at Central Market. The new Rahr & Sons co-branded projects will be sold wherever the beer is sold, the company said.

Rahr & Sons hosts beer tastings Wednesdays and Saturdays at its brewery at 701 Galveston Ave. The brewery was founded by Fritz and Erin Rahr in 2004. It produces 20,000 barrels a year.

Aviation summit

Thousands of private plane owners and aviation enthusiasts will be descending on Fort Worth this week.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is holding its annual aviation summit at the Fort Worth Convention Center and Meacham Airport, Oct. 10-12. The industry group will be holding seminars on pilot medical and legal issues, new private plane technology and changes in government regulations.

AOPA spokesman Steve Hedges said this is the first time in several years that the group has decided to hold its summit in the central part of the United States and hopes to attract more private plane owners and pilots from the Midwest. At its summit in Florida last year, the group had 9,000 attendees.

The attendees also bring their planes. During the conference, more than 70 planes will be parked at Meacham Airport and open for the public to view. Some vintage planes will be offering rides for sale. And for the kids, “Dusty,” the main character in Disney’s summer movie Planes, will be on display. Meacham will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

On the grow

Several Tarrant County companies are included on the annual Inc. magazine list of 5,000 fastest-growing companies in America.

Sundance Healthcare of Fort Worth, which recently announced a 60-bed, $5.5 million expansion of its Sundance psychiatric hospital in southwest Arlington, was ranked No. 905 with a three-year revenue growth rate of 489 percent. It also has a treatment facility in Fort Worth and an outpatient center in Arlington and plans a 105-bed facility in Garland.

Others on the list this year are Insight Merchandising of Grapevine, which designs and makes custom store fixtures and displays, at No. 1,504 with a growth rate of 265 percent; Think Finance of Fort Worth, an online alternative credit source, No. 1,603; Integrated Medical Solutions of Mansfield, which provides off-site healthcare for prison inmates, No. 1,892; Orion Financial Services of Southlake, No. 2,182; DFW Security Protective Force of Fort Worth, No. 2,194; The Starr Conspiracy, a Fort Worth advertising firm, No. 2,295; and Sellmark of Mansfield, which develops products for the outdoor lifestyle industry, No. 2,552.

Ranked No. 4 nationally was Bridger, an Addison-based company that provides integrated logistics networks to move oil from shale plays like the Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford in South Texas to refineries. Revenue have grown from $8 million in 2009 to $1.9 billion in 2012, for a whopping three-year growth rate of 23,308 percent.

Inc. will honor the companies and their CEOs at a conference Oct. 10-12 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

-- Steve Kaskovich

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