I think the show "Moonshiners" probably is going to hurt this. It's always been known in the US as a bad thing, but this show really doesn't help their reputations, imo. Everyone I have ever met who brews beer, brews it to drink at home and share with friends. Every distiller I have ever heard of, do it to sell it. (in the US that is)
Not saying that's the sole purpose, it just seems to be the stigma that goes with distilling.