Cask Republic. Foodster. Autumnal Pairing: Fine Food & Whiskey BY MIKE MACKEY, PHOTOS: JOHN SHYLOSKI. I love pairing-menus. So, when my editor said we had been invited to one at a familiar place in Stamford, I was delighted. With over 50 beers on tap and scores more by bottle, Cask Republic, for me, has been a beer drinker’s paradise. A core group of Beat contributors would be gathering for the meal, coincidental to the magazine's seven year anniversary. Then came the monkey wrench. “It’s a whiskey dinner,” she said, “and I want you to write about it.”