According to our staff, beer ranks somewhere between the airplane and multi-colored sharpies.

Thursday marks the start of Baltimore Beer Week, so we asked our staff what they think about the brew's invention.

•••• If the beer is made by Brewer’s Art, then somewhere between the airplane and the microchip. If it’s one of the diet beers from BMC, then somewhere below the ShamWow. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun

•••• It’s maybe not quite as essential as fire, but I’ll definitely take it over the wheel. Anne Tallent, editor, b

•••• Somewhere in between soap and the Dyson Ball vacuum. Wesley Case, reporter, b

•••• Is there really a question about beer being No. 1? I read somewhere that Thomas Edison said his greatest failure was his Dr. Edison’s Menlo Park 23 Skidoo Comfort Ale Elixir Tonic not taking off. Jordan Bartel, assistant editor, b

•••• I’ve made several valiant attempts to become a beer drinker, but I just can’t down the stuff. So beer creation ranks pretty low for me. The invention of the girly pink drink though, that’s another story. Jan Diehm, designer, b

•••• It ranks damn near the bottom. It gives you horrible breath, and beer goggles. No thanks. John-John Williams IV, reporter, The Baltimore Sun

•••• Beer ranks second, right behind fried food! Mick Lee, Z104.3

•••• It’s below bacon, but above multi-colored Sharpies. Olivia Hubert-Allen, community manager,The Baltimore Sun