Beer has taken on a life of its own in the past few years. Wine tasting was very popular for a long time, and still is among certain groups, but now beer tasting has become the new trend. With Pub Restaurants popping up in cities everywhere, and new flavors coming on to the scene, how could people not flock to this new trend. There are lists, and rankings of the best beers for your parties, and games you can play at parties with beer and even Beer Olympics. For the more refined, beer tasting is now a popular activity, similar to wine tasting, here is a link on how to properly taste beer. There are also plenty of beer festivals to attend, here is a complete list of those, so that you don’t miss out! One last thing to mention, are beer trains, here is a link to one in Sacramento and they have one that leaves out of Oakdale, CA as well, but it looks to be hit and miss. Whatever event you do, please just make sure to call a cab, Uber, Lyft, or some other designated driver to get you home, be safe out there! Have a great weekend!
Northern California is making national news again, this time, for Lake Oroville. For the last five years California has been in a record drought, with lake levels the lowest they had ever been. In January of this year, Sacramento, California had the wettest January on record with 9.92 inches of rain. February has continued the trend with the mountains near the Oroville Dam getting between 10 and 20 inches of rain between Wednesday February 8th and Friday February 10th. Residents of the towns surrounding the Oroville Dam were told they were safe, until they were all evacuated from their homes late Sunday, February 12th. While the Dam continues to hold strong, they had to open the emergency spillway for the first time ever, partly because of the spillway having damage, and partly due to the lake overflowing the banks of the dam. That is right, Lake Oroville was at more than 100% capacity.
Here are a couple of interesting statistics regarding Lake Oroville, and the dam, to give you better perspective. According to Lake Oroville’s website, it is one of the largest reservoirs in California, at over 3,500,000 acre feet. One acre foot of water equals 326,000 gallons of water. The dam itself is 770 feet high, the tallest in the U.S. and has been around since 1968.