When I boasted about the delicious Through the Glass New England IPA that I was enjoying last night on our private Facebook group, another member indicated that Badlands Brewing Company is one the best kept secrets in Ontario craft brewing. Was he ever right.

Badlands is a family farm-run operation in Caledon, Ontario that has amassed a faithful following (of which my rating will reveal me to be), despite not even having a bottle shop on site yet.

They recently combined with one of my personal favourites, Barncat Artisan Ales, to craft a Cara Cara orange double IPA that went over extremely well.

Their distribution is limited to specific locations of The Beer Store, and I was lucky enough to grab a couple of bottles of Through the Glass in Waterloo this week.

I previously expressed my love for NE IPAs in a review, and this one continues the trend of truly exceptional takes on the style by Ontario craft brewers.

Frankly, writing this review is difficult, because I wanted to just write “wow”.

Through the Glass embodies the style – it is hazy and bright, with a perfect balance of malt and hop, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel that makes it an absolute delight to sip (read: guzzle).

Double dry-hopped, it is absolutely bursting with flavour, and is delightfully well balanced. It is aromatic, as is typical of the style, and is dangerously crushable.

I could go on, but I really just think you need to try this for yourself. I initially hesitated writing this review, because with such a limited supply for the time being, I selfishly wanted to keep this “best kept secret” to myself.

That would be wrong, though – beer this good needs to be shared. Cheers!


  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Style: NE IPA
  • Taste: Hazy, hoppy, and velvety
  • Rating: 4.9/5.0
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Ryan Heighton

Ryan Heighton

The Bar of Ontario isn’t the only bar to which he’s been called. Misses drinking at the SkyDome. Enjoying Waterloo Region one (sometimes two) craft beer at a time. Favourite beers: anything hoppy enough to jump off the table.
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