$41? That's incredibly expensive. At those kind of prices the shop better offer a lot more than just a local place to buy grain. Otherwise they are going to find a lot of customers buy one or two batches there and then go online.For a double IPA? Doesn't seem that unreasonable, but you really can't say that unless you know exactly what was purchased.
That's what I was thinking. And like stated before, the "plus shipping" can bring the price to at or above what the LHBS charges. So the prices thing is almost negligible.
Bottom line is, do you like your LHBS enough to keep him in business? I certainly do. Hell, I keep a tab going at mine and we settle up every once in a while. He also delivers to me since I see him so much anyway. I buy everything except for bulk hops from the guy (bulk grain, little orders from Foxx Equipment, speciality grains, random hops, Wyeast, etc, etc), just because I want to see him succeed.
Speaking of... I need some Special B and D2... better call Jeremy!