Where (and when) my Grandparents grew up in eastern Kentucky, there wasn't a whole lot of opportunity for work. Both Grandfathers and Great Grandfather worked as coal miners in the same "Van lear" coal mine as Loretta Lynns Father. They also grew their own food as well as having chickens, pigs and a cow for milk if they were lucky. They also hunted and smoked / cured their own meats, and yes, when opportunity knocked, they made moonshine. Not all moonshiners where in it for money. Alcohol had many uses just like everything else. But I'm sure bartering and selling was accepted when needed.
As far as "being connected" to it, or "being proud" of it, No! They would much rather share stories of family and friends that were there when they needed them.