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McGrath's Irish Pub

Killington, Vt.

March 6, 2009
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The singer looked out at the early evening crowd and said two things differentiated her band, Extra Stout, from the others that play here. ‘‘We have women in the band,’’ she said. ‘‘And we’re from here.’’ Indeed, Extra Stout hails from Vermont, but the important point is that they, like all who take the stage Friday and Saturday nights, keep a Celtic beat alive at McGrath’s, an Irish oasis in mountains that are already green. The pub, connected to the Inn at Long Trail, makes a natural stop for hikers on the Appalachian and Long Trails and for winter ski crowds. Passersby settle into a rustic room dominated by outcroppings of real rock. The kitchen serves corned beef and cabbage, chicken pot pie, and a Guinness beef stew. The taps pour Harp, Smithwick’s, and Guinness, the foam of which bartender Owen Murphy carefully designs with a shamrock and cursive script: ‘‘Enjoy!’’ - TOM HAINES

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