Perth’s celebrated Dutch Trading Co (DTC), known for its crafty beer line-up, will be closing on 11 August.

After a strong nine years of pleasing punters and collecting awards such as Beer & Brewer’s Best Beer Venue, owner Joel Beresford announced the closure on Facebook last week.

In questioning whether DTC would keep going when its lease finished, it was decided to move in a slightly different direction.

“Doors will close and renovations commence for the next chapter of 243 Albany Highway, with an anticipated re-opening in November … as something else!” the Facebook announcement said.

When DTC opened in 2015, craft beer brought with it an excitement that has since dampened.

While the pub is closing on a high, the reality is that the current economic conditions mean business is tougher than usual, and Beresford had to fight to extend the lease.

Comments on DTC’s announcement were overwhelmingly positive, despite the sadness at the news.

“Congrats on 9 great years and look forward to what is next!” said one follower.

“I always felt proud calling this place my local,” said another.

“Thanks to all the amazing DTC people that made me and my family feel welcome from the day you opened,” they continued.

The venue will be renamed and receive a full refit before its makeover is revealed, expected to be in November this year.

However while it will serve a wider variety of drinks, Beresford told The Crafty Pint the venue will still retain some of the niche beer themes.

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