Because I’m simple, let’s break this down into the two parts: Beer and Experience, and then bring them back together to establish the definition. But first, let me enjoy my Budweiser American Ale … yes, and I like it too (dry-hopped with Cascade hops… part of the Experience.)
Following the simple theme … dictionary.com defines Beer as, surprise!, a noun.
||an alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like for a slightly bitter taste.
||any of various beverages, whether alcoholic or not, made from roots, molasses or sugar, yeast, etc.: root beer; ginger beer.
||an individual serving of beer; a glass, can, or bottle of beer: We’ll have three beers.
We won’t get into the origin here … we’ll save that for the Journeyman. Now, for the definition of Experience (Noun and Verb):
||a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something: My encounter with the bear in the woods was a frightening experience.
||the process or fact of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something: business experience.
||the observing, encountering, or undergoing of things generally as they occur in the course of time: to learn from experience; the range of human experience.
||knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone: a man of experience.
||Philosophy. the totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood, and remembered.
verb (used with object)
||to have experience of; meet with; undergo; feel: to experience nausea.
||to learn by experience.
So now you can take the different parts and combine them together to understand “The Beer Experience.” Let’s take 1 + 1 … that’s a good combo! I would be enjoying The Beer Experience if I was personally encountering the brewing and fermentation of malted barley. The Beer Experience would also be 5 + 3 … I consider all that is perceived in an individual serving of beer. When I am at this level in The Beer Experience, I may consider myself a Master Beerman. Bringing it back to simplicity, let’s just start this journey by saying The Beer Experience is observing, encountering, or undergoing things (associated with “beer”) as they occur in the course of time. This is what brought you to this page and this is what will keep you coming back to expand your knowledge about Beer.
Let’s get started! Oh, yeah, and let’s just shorten The Beer Experience to The BE. Now we can practice BEing…