"My first girlfriend was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still"
"When the guy at the door said, 'Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,' I just assumed it was more supplies!"

When anyone thinks of moonshine, hillbillies, little brown jugs, mason jars, Li'l Abner, Snuffy Smith, The Clampetts, and Ma & Pa Kettle all come to mind. We tend to hold a fondness we in our hearts for "shine" because of them. In reality, however, a lot of Revenuers really did loose their lives during and after prohibition, tracking down the illegal stills.

The Appalachian Mountains, it foothills, and westward into Arkansas was the primary moonshine production area. Corn, water, and isolation were the essentials. Barns, chicken coops and the likes disguised the makings of it. It became known as "Moonshine" mainly because it was the most undetectable time for making it, not only for being spotted, but because of the stench it produced.

Strangers were risking their lives if they came too close by perchance being mistaken for a Revenuer. It wasn't just that they enjoyed it so much, it was a business and during the depression, providing for many a family. Although it's not big business, and it is still illegal Moonshine is still in production today and the Revenuers are still trying to bust up the stills.

 How to Make Moonshine