"Since Prohibition, southwestern Virginia has been a hub of moonshine production, along with North Carolina and a few other Southern states. The tradition extends to the English and Scotch-Irish colonists who settled western Virginia and made grain-based whiskey and the Germans who specialized in apple brandy. When Franklin County was formed in 1786, the first county court met in a house with a tavern."
Some of my more unsavory ancestors of the Coffey clan were moonshiners in Nelson County. Before I became a Christian, white lightning was my beverage of choice. The strongest think I drink now is a little hard cider at Christmas. :)