Well, there’s a lot of corn there, and back in the day, wasn’t much to do.
And there was local knowledge going back to prohibition and earlier, including some local folks who had a hand in prohibition era production, and earlier distilleries.
And some big city types who had local interests.
Moonshine was a thing in my highschool. You weren’t carded to buy moonshine, especially if you swiped it, as happened at times.
And yes, it’s now a craft brew thing. https://www.watermansdistillery.com/